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Sam Chapman: 1916-2006
2006-12-29 17:03
by Bob Timmermann

I thought we should remember the career of one Sam Chapman, who passed away on December 22.

In his brief obituary, it is noted that Chapman, who played 11 years in the majors interrupted by World War II, was nicknamed the "Tiburon Terror" when he was a high school football star and he played on the last Cal Bears team to win the Rose Bowl. Chapman was a blocking back and punter. In the game, Cal intercepted four Alabama passes and allowed only three completions. Yet the game was considered an aerial circus. I don't believe Cal completed a pass the whole game.

That was in 1938 when the Bears beat Alabama 13-0. The Ritz Brothers were there along 89,997 others.

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2006-12-30 05:50:46
1.   The Mick 536
How about Cecil Travis. Could have been in the Hall of Fame. May still. Lost his skills in the war. Five hits in his first game. Came in second in batting in 1941 behind Ted and ahead of Joe D.

A year end review of players who died would be a joy to read.

2006-12-30 09:00:28
2.   Bob Timmermann
Chapman didn't make this list:

http://griddle.baseballtoaster.com/archives/575058.html

2006-12-30 15:22:03
3.   The Mick 536
Enjoyed the MLB post. Thanks. Syd Thrift. Didn't he bring Maris to the Yanks?

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