Sam Rice

Edgar Charles Rice
Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 1963
Primary team: Washington Senators
Primary position: Right Fielder

Sam Rice didn’t enter the majors until he was 25 years old. He started in the big leagues as a pitcher and developed into a great hitter, with a .322 lifetime average, 2,987 total hits and six seasons with more than 200 hits.

After making a total of nine appearances as a pitcher in 1915-16, Rice switched to the outfield and batted .302 in his first full season in 1917. He hit better than .300 in 13 full seasons during his 20-year career.

Rice was a part of the only three Washington Senators teams that ever won pennants and he holds the franchise records for hits, doubles, triples and runs scored.

In 1920, Rice had 454 putouts, good for the American League record at the time. He all American League outfielders in putouts twice and in assists once, and was among the league leaders in each category numerous times. He also topped the circuit in 1920 with 63 stolen bases and was ranked among the Top 5 in that category for eight consecutive seasons.

Rice led the AL in hits in 1924, helping the Senators to their first pennant. They beat the New York Giants to become World Series champions. The following season, Washington once again won the pennant, but lost the Fall Classic in seven games. In that World Series against the Pirates, Rice had a .364 average, 12 hits, five runs and three RBI. He had career highs in 1925 in batting average (.350) and hits (227), while scoring 111 runs and totaling 87 RBI. His 182 singles stood as the AL record until 1980.

Nearing the end of his career in 1934, Rice signed with Cleveland and played one season with the Indians in 1934. In total, he played 543 games after turning 40, hitting .321. He retired just 13 hits shy of the 3,000-mark – the closest any player has come to the 3,000-hit mark without reaching it.

Rice was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1963. He passed away on Oct. 13, 1974.

"In personality, Rice is a great deal like Charlie Gehringer, steady, quiet durable, and consistent. "
Lee Allen

Career stats

ESSENTIAL STATS
Year Inducted: 1963
Primary Team: Washington Senators
Position Played: Right Fielder
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Birth place: Morocco, Indiana
Birth year: 1890
Died: 1974, Rossmor, Maryland
Played for:
Washington Senators (1915-1933)
Cleveland Indians (1934)
CAREER AT A GLANCE
GamesG
2404
At BatsAB
9269
RunsR
1514
HitsH
2987
Doubles2B
498
Triples3B
184
Home RunsHR
34
RBIRBI
1077
Stolen BasesSB
351
WalksBB
708
Batting AverageBA
.322
OPSOPS
.801
On Base %OBP
.374
Slugging %SLG
.427