Major League Baseball Player. His birth name was Sammy Strang Nicklin but he played under the name Sammy Nicklin Strang. Nicknamed "The Dixie Thrush" this Chattanooga, Tennessee native played Major League baseball in 1896 for the Louisville Colonels then returned to the majors from 1900 to 1908 where he played for the Chicago Orphans, New York Giants, Chicago White Stockings, Chicago Cubs and the Brooklyn Superbas. He had a career batting average of .269 with 16 home runs, 479 runs scored and 253 RBI. In 1905 he was the Giants' utility man and led the National League with eight pinch hits. Baseball lore says that the term "pinch hitter" came about because of his ability "to come through in the pinch."
Also a veteran of the Spanish American War as a 1st Lt. in the 3rd TN Infantry, Cos. E&H (J.Sims)
Bio by: Bigwoo
Capt., 324th US Infantry, WWI