Sam Bankhead

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Sam Bankhead
Infielder / Outfielder
Born: (1910-09-18)September 18, 1910
Sulligent, Alabama
Died: July 24, 1976(1976-07-24) (aged 65)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right Threw: Right
Professional debut
1931 for the Birmingham Black Barons
Last professional appearance
1951 for the Farnham Pirates
Negro league statistics
Batting average .289
Home runs 8
Runs scored 231
Career highlights and awards

Samuel Howard Bankhead (September 18, 1910 – July 24, 1976) was an American baseball player in the Negro Leagues. He played from 1931 to 1951. He also played for the Dragones de Ciudad Trujillo along with Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson. In 1951, he became the first black coach in Minor League Baseball when he was a player-manager for the Farnham Pirates of the Provincial League.[2][3] He played in several East-West all-star games ranging from the years East-West 1933 to 1946.[4]

His brother Dan Bankhead played in the Major Leagues.

At the age of 26, Bankhead married Helen M Hall on the 25th of February, 1976 in Allegheny, Pennsylvania.[5] Social Security records show he died in July 1976 in Allegheny, Pennsylvania.[6]

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  1. ^ "Greeley Advertisers Downed by Colored Club; Score 12-1" Negro Star, Wichita, Kansas, Friday, August 10, 1934, Page 3, Columns 1 to 6
  2. ^ Bjarkman, Peter C. (2005). Diamonds Around The Globe: The Encyclopedia Of International Baseball. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 0313322686. 
  3. ^ "Sam Bankhead". Retrieved 2013-02-12. 
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  5. ^ "Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 24 Jan 2013), Samuel H Bankhead and Helen M Hall, 1937
  6. ^ "United States Social Security Death Index," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 24 Jan 2013), Sam Bankhead, July 1976; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing)

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