Sam Agnew

Sam Agnew

American baseball player, catcher
Date of Birth: 12.04.1887
Country: USA

Biography of Sam Agnew

Sam Agnew was an American baseball player and catcher who played for the St. Louis Browns, Boston Red Sox, and Washington Senators. He was born in Farmington, Missouri. Agnew made his debut on April 10, 1913, as a member of the St. Louis Browns. In his debut season, he played 105 games and had a batting average of .208. He hit two home runs and stole 11 bases. In 1914, Agnew played 115 games, raised his batting average to .212, and finished 23rd in the Most Valuable Player voting.

Sam Agnew

In 1915, Agnew's performance declined, and his batting average dropped to .203. On December 16, 1915, he was traded to the Boston Red Sox by the St. Louis Browns. As a backup catcher to Pinch Thomas, Agnew had a batting average of .209. He continued to alternate playing time with Thomas in 1917, appearing in only 85 games. In 1918, Agnew, who was considered the team's regular catcher, played in just 72 games and his batting average fell to .166. He also had a disappointing performance in the World Series against the Chicago Cubs.

In January 1919, Agnew was traded again, this time to the Washington Senators from the Boston Red Sox. In 42 games, he achieved a career-high batting average of .235. Agnew played his last major league game on September 28, 1919. After retiring as a player, Agnew became a coach. He occasionally played in various minor leagues, including the San Francisco Seals and Hollywood Stars. He officially retired from baseball in 1929.

Agnew also tried his hand at managing. He managed the San Diego Aces in the California State League, the Augusta Wolves in the South Atlantic League, and the Palatka Azaleas in the Florida State League. Throughout his career, Agnew played 563 games and had a batting average of .204 with two home runs.

Sam Agnew passed away on July 19, 1951, in Sonoma, California, at the age of 64. His brother, Troy Agnew, was also a baseball player and manager in smaller leagues.