Rice, Sam

Edgar Charles Rice
Born: February 20, 1890, Morocco, Indiana
Died: October 13, 1974, Rossmor, Maryland
Played For: 
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.

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Did You Know: 
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.