Samuel Beresford Childs
- Bats Unknown, Throws Unknown
- School Yale University, New York University
- Debut May 31, 1883
- Final Game May 31, 1883
- Born November 6, 1861 in East Hartford, CT USA
- Died May 21, 1938 in Denver, CO USA
Sam Childs played one game in the majors, for the Columbus Buckeyes, and three seasons in the minors. He was much more prominent as a doctor.
The History of Colorado, edited by Wilbur Fiske Stone, carries a biography of Childs. The biography does not mention his ballplaying days, although it is clearly the same man (for example, the text says he was born in East Hartford, CT on November 5 (sic), 1861 as well as mentioning his time at Yale). Childs was the son of a prominent physician and attended high school in Hartford. He went to Yale, graduating in 1883, and later got his medical degree from NYU. From 1884-1885, he also taught school in East Hartford. He was an intern in NYC and a physician and surgeon for a number of years in Connecticut before moving to Colorado for health reasons. He became an early expert in X-ray use, and was a professor of medicine at some schools in Colorado. The book Sketches of Colorado also has a biography, saying that Sam Childs played varsity baseball while at Yale.
His son, Samuel Beresford Childs, Jr., also was a doctor.