Sam Jones Stats

Sam Jones was born on Monday, December 14, 1925, in Stewartsville, Ohio. Jones was 25 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 22, 1951, with the Cleveland Indians. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Sam Jones baseball stats page.

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"Sam (Jones) had the best curve ball I ever saw. He was quick and fast and that curve was terrific, so big it was like a change of pace. I've seen guys fall down on sweeping curves that became strikes. Right handers thought Sam had the most wicked curve, and as a left-handed hitter, I thought it was positively the best." - Hall of Famer Stan Musial in Stan Musial: The Man's own story, as told to Bob Broeg (Stan Musial, Doubleday Publishing, Sam Jones , 1964)

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Birth Name:
Samuel Jones (Born: Daniel Pore Franklin)
Nickname:
Sam - Sad Sam - Toothpick Sam
Born On:
12-14-1925  (Sagittarius)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Stewartsville, Ohio
Year of Death Data Died On:
11-05-1971 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Morgantown, West Virginia
Cemetery:
Woodlawn Cemetery, Fairmont, West Virginia
High School:
Fairmont Senior High School (Fairmont, WV)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-04
Player Weight Chart Weight:
200
First Game:
09-22-1951 (Age 25)
Last Game:
10-03-1964
Draft:
Not Applicable

Sam Jones

Sam Jones Pitching Stats

1951 26 Indians 2 1 1 0 1 .000 2.08 0 0 0 8.2 34 4 2 2 0 5 1 4 0 0 0 -
1952 27 Indians 14 4 2 2 3 .400 7.25 0 0 1 36.0 184 38 29 30 6 37 2 28 4 4 0 -
1955 30 Cubs 36 34 1 14 20 .412 4.10 12 4 0 241.2 1,070 175 110 118 22 185 5 198 5 14 0 -
1956 31 Cubs 33 28 3 9 14 .391 3.91 8 2 0 188.2 832 155 82 93 21 115 6 176 2 8 0 -
1957 32 Cardinals 28 27 1 12 9 .571 3.60 10 2 0 182.2 767 164 73 77 17 71 1 154 3 6 0 -
1958 33 Cardinals 35 35 0 14 13 .519 2.88 14 2 0 250.0 1,041 204 80 95 23 107 5 225 7 6 0 -
1959 34 Giants 50 35 12 21 15 .583 2.83 16 4 4 270.2 1,148 232 85 99 18 109 6 209 5 8 0 -
1960 35 Giants 39 35 3 18 14 .563 3.19 13 3 0 234.0 978 200 83 112 18 91 5 190 8 4 0 -
1961 36 Giants 37 17 10 8 8 .500 4.49 2 0 1 128.1 579 134 64 72 12 57 7 105 7 8 0 -
1962 37 Tigers 30 6 3 2 4 .333 3.65 1 0 1 81.1 351 77 33 39 13 35 1 73 3 2 0 -
1963 38 Cardinals 11 0 5 2 0 1.000 9.00 0 0 2 11.0 52 15 11 12 0 5 1 8 1 0 0 -
1964 39 Orioles 7 0 4 0 0 .000 2.61 0 0 0 10.1 38 5 3 3 1 5 0 6 0 0 0 -
12 Years 322 222 45 102 101 .502 3.59 76 17 9 1,643.1 7,074 1,403 655 752 151 822 40 1,376 45 60 0 -

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Sam Jones Hitting Stats

1951 26 Indians 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1952 27 Indians 14 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 .100 .100 .100
1955 30 Cubs 36 77 2 14 1 0 0 0 5 3 0 27 5 0 0 4 .182 .213 .195
1956 31 Cubs 33 57 3 10 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 19 10 0 0 1 .175 .230 .175
1957 32 Cardinals 28 63 2 10 1 0 0 0 3 1 0 25 4 1 1 0 .159 .182 .175
1958 33 Cardinals 35 90 2 9 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 26 2 1 0 3 .100 .118 .100
1959 34 Giants 50 85 3 11 1 0 0 0 8 3 0 30 11 1 0 1 .129 .157 .141
1960 35 Giants 39 80 3 16 2 0 0 0 5 1 0 20 7 1 0 0 .200 .207 .225
1961 36 Giants 37 36 0 5 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 7 5 0 0 0 .139 .162 .194
1962 37 Tigers 30 21 1 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 .095 .095 .238
1963 38 Cardinals 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .500 .000
1964 39 Orioles 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1.000 .000
12 Years 322 522 16 78 7 0 1 0 27 17 0 167 44 4 1 9 .149 .176 .169

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Sam Jones Fielding Stats

1951 Indians P 2 1 26 2 1.0 2 1 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.08
1952 Indians P 14 4 108 4 0.3 4 0 4 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.00
1955 Cubs P 36 34 725 55 1.5 50 14 36 5 0 n/a n/a n/a .909 1.86
1956 Cubs P 33 28 566 32 1.0 28 7 21 4 3 n/a n/a n/a .875 1.34
1957 Cardinals P 28 27 548 41 1.5 40 13 27 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .976 1.97
1958 Cardinals P 35 35 750 46 1.3 45 14 31 1 3 n/a n/a n/a .978 1.62
1959 Giants P 50 35 812 47 0.9 44 10 34 3 2 n/a n/a n/a .936 1.46
1960 Giants P 39 35 702 45 1.2 40 6 34 5 1 n/a n/a n/a .889 1.54
1961 Giants P 37 17 385 19 0.5 18 7 11 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .947 1.26
1962 Tigers P 30 6 244 20 0.7 19 11 8 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .950 2.10
1963 Cardinals P 11 0 33 2 0.2 2 1 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.64
1964 Orioles P 7 0 31 1 0.1 1 0 1 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.87
P Totals 322 222 4,930 314 1.0 293 84 209 21 12 n/a n/a n/a .933 1.60
12 Years 322 222 4,930 314 1.0 293 84 209 21 12 n/a n/a n/a .933 1.60

Sam Jones

Sam Jones Miscellaneous Stats

1951 Indians 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.80 4.15 5.19
1952 Indians 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.5 0.0 0.76 7.00 9.25
1955 Cubs 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.9 15.4 1.07 7.37 6.89
1956 Cubs 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.0 57.0 1.53 8.40 5.49
1957 Cardinals 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.5 21.0 2.17 7.59 3.50
1958 Cardinals 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.5 22.5 2.10 8.10 3.85
1959 Giants 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.8 10.6 1.92 6.95 3.62
1960 Giants 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.0 16.0 2.09 7.31 3.50
1961 Giants 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 5.1 0.0 1.84 7.36 4.00
1962 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 21.0 2.3 21.0 2.09 8.08 3.87
1963 Cardinals 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.60 6.55 4.09
1964 Orioles 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.20 5.23 4.35
12 Years 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 522.0 3.1 19.3 1.67 7.54 4.50

Sam Jones

Sam Jones Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1951 Cleveland Indians 36 Undetermined - -
1952 Cleveland Indians 22 Undetermined - -
1955 Chicago Cubs 27 Undetermined Stats -
1956 Chicago Cubs 27 Undetermined - -
1957 St. Louis Cardinals 23 Undetermined - -
1958 St. Louis Cardinals 23 Undetermined - -
1959 San Francisco Giants 19 Undetermined Stats -
1960 San Francisco Giants 19 Undetermined - -
1961 San Francisco Giants 19 Undetermined - -
1962 Detroit Tigers 23 Undetermined - -
1963 St. Louis Cardinals 23 Undetermined - -
1964 Baltimore Orioles 35 $8,500.00 - -
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Samuel Jones, who was born Daniel Pore Franklin and had his name changed as a child, was a Major League Baseball player Cleveland Indians (1951-1952), Chicago Cubs (1955-1956), St. Louis Cardinals (1957-1958, 1962), San Francisco Giants (1959-1961), Detroit Tigers (1962) and Baltimore Orioles (1964).

Sam Jones was nicknamed Toothpick Sam, because he always had one in his mouth (below). Sometimes reporters referred to him as Sad Sam, due to his mournful appearance, similar to the American League twirler from earlier years ( Sad Sam Jones | 1914-1935).

Sam Jones and Quincy Trouppe Photograph
Quincy Trouppe & Sam Jones | Cleveland Indians Press Photograph | 1952
On May 3, 1952 , Sam Jones entered the game during the seventh inning, relieving Lou Brissie ( Bob Feller was the starter), and his catcher that day in Griffith Stadium was Quincy Trouppe . The duo formed the first black battery (pitcher & catcher / pictured above) in American League history!

On July 12, 1955 , Sam Jones was sent to his first-of-two All-Star Games, earning his position on the National League team due to a strong first half that included 114 strikeouts, 19 starts, 8 complete games, 2 shutouts, and a no-hitter, on May 12, 1955 .

Sam Jones No Hitter: May 12, 1955

Sam Jones was in his first full season in the major leagues when he took the mound Thursday, May 12 for the fourth place Chicago Cubs. The 29-year-old Jones was new to the Cubs, having come as part of a trade with the Indians for Ralph Kiner .

Just 2,918 were at Wrigley Field to watch Jones face the sixth place Pittsburgh Pirates and Nellie King . Jones had a 3-3 record.

By the the time he walked off the mound for the last time that afternoon, Jones had not only become the first black pitcher to hurl a no-hitter in the big leagues, he had also fired the first no-hitter at Wrigley Field since 1918 and became the second guy named Sam Jones to blank the opposition.

The overpowering Cubs hurler used 136 pitches to face 31 batters. He struck out six, but walked seven, and was aided by two Chicago double plays. He retired the side in order just four times.

One of those times was in the first when Jones got Tim Saffell on a grounder to first, Dick Groat on a fly to right and Roberto Clemente on a bouncer to third. Jones only faced three batters in the second, after issuing a one-ut walk to Dale Long who was thrown out trying to steal second.

The Cubs, who backed Jones with a 15-hit attack, gave him some early support with lone runs in the first and second. In the first, singles by Gene Baker and Bob Speake preceded a double by Ted Tappe . Dee Fondy singled, stole second and came hom on a two-out double by Eddie Miksis in the second.

Chicago got its third run in the fifth on a single by Randy Jackson and triple by Ernie Banks . Tappe homered to left for the Cubs' final run in the seventh.

Meanwhile, Jones continued to experience control problems. He walked Toby Atwell leading off the third , but then got Gene Freese on a pop up to third, pinch hitter Felix Montemayor on strikes and Saffell on a force out at second. In the fourth, Jackson made a one-handed catch at third of Frank Thomas ' screaming two-out liner as Jones again retired the side in order.

Long walked to start the fifth, but was erased on Freese's double play grounder to Banks . Then the Cubs went down in order in the sixth and seventh. Another fine defensive play occurred in the seventh as Groat hit a leadoff smash that ticked off Jones's glove and bounced toward Gene Baker , who charged the ball and made an underhanded toss that got to first just in time.

Long walked again to lead off the eighth. Then Miksis made the defensive play of the game when he raced to the wall in deep center and made a one-handed grab of Freese's long drive. Atwell finished with a line drive that Jackson caught and threw to first to nail Long for a double play.

Jones dug himself a hole in the ninth when he walked Freese , pinch-hitter Preston Ward and Saffell to load the bases. When Freese went to second on a wild pitch to Ward , it was the first time a Pirates runner had gone to far.

With the Cubs' bullpen in action, Jones righted himself by striking out the side. Groat watched three pitches go by for called strikes. Next Clemente , after fouling off two pitches, fanned on an 0-2 count. Then Thomas took a called third strike on a 1-2 count to end the game.

Jones finished with a 14-20 record that year. He came close to pitching two more no-hitters in 1959 while with the Giants. A questionable scorer's decision on a two-out bouncer in the eighth was the only hit Jones gave up in a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. He also pitched a seven inning no-hitter against the Cardinals in a rain-shortened game that was won, 4-0.

Researched and written by Rich Westcott ( RichWestcott.com / Rich Westcott Books ), original text from No-Hitters (McFarland, 02/15/2000, 'Chicago (NL) 4, vs. Pittsburgh 0, May 12, 1955, Sam Jones', Pages 181-182). Preserved on Baseball Almanac with written permission of the author.

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Sam Jones No Hitter | The Hartford Courant | May 13, 1955 | Page 25
Sam Jones won 21 games in 1959 , the second member of the legendary Black Aces , the title of a book written by Mudcat Grant , a member himself, which are black pitchers who have won at least 20 games in a single season. Toothpick Sam led the league in wins, won the ERA Title , and finished second in the Cy Young Award . Do you know who beat him in 1959 ? [ Answer ]

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