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Sammy Byrd

Sammy Byrd

American baseball player and professional golfer
Sammy Byrd
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Intro American baseball player and professional golfer
Was Athlete Baseball player Golfer
From United States of America
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 5 October 1906, Bremen, Germany
Death 11 May 1981, Mesa, USA (aged 74 years)
Star sign Libra
Sports Teams
Cincinnati Reds
New York Yankees
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Samuel Dewey Byrd (October 5, 1906 – May 11, 1981) was an American professional baseball player and professional golfer.

Known as "Sammy" or "Sam", Byrd was born in Bremen, Georgia but grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. He played Major League Baseball from 1929 to 1936 for the New York Yankees and Cincinnati Reds. He was called "Babe Ruth's Legs", a reference to the fact that he often would appear as a pinch runner at the end of games toward the latter part of Ruth's career. In 1936, Byrd quit baseball to pursue a career in professional golf. He won six events on the PGA Tour between 1942 and 1946. He lost the final of the 1945 PGA Championship to Byron Nelson, 4 & 3, in match play. He is the only person to have played in a World Series and competed in golf's Masters Tournament. He made one appearance in the 1932 World Series (game 4) while playing for the New York Yankees - as a defensive replacement for Babe Ruth - in the bottom of the 9th inning. He finished twice in the top 10 at the Masters: third in 1941 and fourth in 1942. During his last appearance in 1948, he tallied the highest score ever at the second hole recording a 10. He finished the round with a 12-over-par 84.

In 745 major league games, Byrd posted a .274 batting average (465-for-1700) with 304 runs, 38 home runs, 220 RBI and a .412 slugging percentage. He recorded a .975 fielding percentage playing at all three outfield positions.

Byrd was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1974. He died in Mesa, Arizona in 1981 at the age of 74 from undisclosed causes.

Professional wins (11)

PGA Tour wins (6)

  • 1942 (1) Greater Greensboro Open
  • 1943 (1) Chicago Victory National Open
  • 1944 (2) New Orleans Open, Philadelphia Inquirer Open Invitational
  • 1945 (2) Texas Open, Azalea Open

Other wins (5)

this list is probably incomplete

  • 1939 Philadelphia Open Championship
  • 1942 Pennsylvania Open Championship
  • 1944 Michigan Open, Michigan PGA Championship
  • 1945 Michigan PGA Championship

Results in major championships

Tournament 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951
Masters Tournament T14 3 4 NT NT NT 40 47
U.S. Open CUT T16 41 T26 NT NT NT NT CUT T23 T37 CUT T49
PGA Championship R32 NT R16 2 R64 R64 R64

Note: Byrd never played in The Open Championship.

  Top 10
  Did not play

NT = no tournament
CUT = missed the half-way cut
R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = round in which player lost in PGA Championship match play
"T" indicates a tie for a place

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 12 Apr 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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