Sam Agnew

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Samuel Lester Agnew

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Biographical Information[edit]

Catcher Sam Agnew saw action in seven big league seasons, exclusively in the American League. He earned much of his playing time in his first three seasons, handling the staff of the St. Louis Browns. Never a remarkable hitter, he was soon shipped off to the Boston Red Sox and pushed into a backup role. In a late-season game in 1916, after a brawl instigated by the notoriously surly Carl Mays, Agnew became one of the few men in history to punch out Clark Griffith, then the Washington Senators skipper (and one day, their owner). After winning a World Series ring with the Sox in 1918, Agnew joined the Washington Senators briefly in 1919 to round out his big league career.

The brother of minor league catcher and manager Troy Agnew, Sam was regarded by some as the San Francisco Seals' greatest catcher, playing in the minors clear through to 1929. He also coached at Santa Clara College in 1925-1926.

Notable Achievements[edit]

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1929 San Diego Aces California State League 34-25 1st none League disbanded June 17
1930 Augusta Wolves South Atlantic League 7-20 -- none -- Replaced by Odie Strain (61-50) on May 19
1937 Palatka Azaleas Florida State League 48-40 -- New York Yankees -- Replaced by Shaw Buck (23-29) on July 17
1938 Augusta Tigers South Atlantic League 74-66 4th New York Yankees Lost in first round

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