Washington Senators (1915-1933), Cleveland Indians (1934)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1963
Though he didn't play his first full campaign until age 27, Sam Rice collected 2,987 hits, finishing his career with a .322 batting average and six 200-hit seasons. Small but swift, Rice starred on the Washington Senators' only three pennant-winning teams and still holds franchise records for hits, runs, doubles and triples. His disputed catch of a fly ball in the 1925 World Series saved Game 3 for Washington and remains one of the most controversial plays in baseball history.
that Sam Rice may have overcome more personal tragedy than any other Hall of Famer when his entire family (parents, wife, and children) was killed by a tornado in Illinois in 1912?
I look on a baseball game as a show. You go out there and do the best you can. If you do you do, and if you don't you've just got to make yourself do better. I sometimes change my batting style a little against different style pitchers.