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 Samuel “Sad Sam” Zoldak

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Samuel “Sad Sam” Zoldak

  • Birth 8 Dec 1918 Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
  • Death 25 Aug 1966 New Hyde Park, Nassau County, New York, USA
  • Burial Westbury, Nassau County, New York, USA
  • Memorial ID 13564712

Major League Baseball Player. The left-handed pitcher belonged to the Philadelphia Athletics when he was traded to St. Louis on Feb. 17, 1944 for catcher Frankie Hayes. He made his debut for the American League champion Browns that year in 18 relief appearances without a decision. He didn't pitch in the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. He was 3-2 in 1945, 9-11 in 1946 and 9-10 in 1947 before being traded to Cleveland on June 15, 1948 for pitcher Bill Kennedy and $100,000. He was 9-6 with the AL champion Indians but again didn't appear in the World Series. He was involved in a complicated three-team blockbuster trade on April 30, 1951 that sent him and catcher Ray Murray to the Athletics in which the Chicago White Sox received outfielder Minnie Minoso from the Indians and outfielder Paul Lehner from the A's. Philadelphia also received outfielders Gus Zernial and Dave Philley from the White Sox and the Indians landed pitcher Lou Brissie from the A's. On July 15 of that year, Zoldak had a no-hit bid spoiled when the White Sox's Chico Carrasquel hit a dribbler between short and third for a single in the third inning of a second game of a doubleheader. His nine-year totals were 43-53 with a 3.54 earned run average.

Bio by: Ron Coons


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  • Originally Created by: Ron Coons
  • Added: 8 Mar 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 13564712
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Samuel “Sad Sam” Zoldak (8 Dec 1918–25 Aug 1966), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13564712, citing Cemetery of the Holy Rood, Westbury, Nassau County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .