The Stayman convention was invented independently by Jack Marx and by Stayman's regular partner George Rapée. It became associated with his name because it was first published in an article written by Stayman, in The Bridge World magazine, June 1945. He also gave his name, spelled backward, to the Namyats convention, which was invented by another regular partner, Victor Mitchell.
Stayman and Rapée, Charles Goren, Howard Schenken, John R. Crawford and Sidney Silodor won the inaugural Bermuda Bowl in 1950 and repeated in 1951 and 1953; he also won numerous North American titles. As a bridge administrator, he was president of the Cavendish Club of New York, treasurer of the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) from 1966 to 1969, and also served on the ACBL Charity Foundation. He was recognized as an honorary member of the ACBL in 1969 and of the American Bridge Teachers Association (ABTA) in 1979, having written at least a few books on bridge. He was elected to the ACBL Hall of Fame in 1996.
Stayman died in Palm Beach, Florida, in 1993 at age 84.
- ACBL Hall of Fame 1996
- ACBL Honorary Member of the Year 1969
- American Bridge Teachers' Association (ABTA) Honorary Member 1979
- Bermuda Bowl (3) 1950, 1951, 1953
- North American Bridge Championships (21)
- Bermuda Bowl (1) 1956
- World Open Team Olympiad (1) 1964
- North American Bridge Championships (15)
- United States Bridge Championships (1)
- Open Pair Trials (1) 1963
- Expert Bidding at Contract Bridge. New York: Wellington Associates, Inc. 1951. LCCN 51002419. 144 pp. – UK edition, Faber & Faber, 1952
- The Complete Stayman System of Contract Bidding. New York: Rinehart & Company, Inc. 1956. LCCN 56007005. 223 pp. – UK edition, London: Rockliff, 1956
- Do You Play Stayman?. New York: Odyssey Press. 1965. LCCN 65019848. 207 pp. – UK edition, Faber, 1969, edited and introduced by Victor Mollo OCLC 828468118
A second US edition of the latter was published as Highroad to Winning Bridge: do you play Stayman? (NY: Cornerstone Library, 1970), with a foreword by Omar Sharif. OCLC 2555487 A Chinese translation was published in 1972. OCLC 436266374
- Do you Play Stayman? (Odyssey, 1965), back flap of dust jacket.
- Francis, Henry G., Editor-in-Chief; Truscott, Alan F., Executive Editor; Francis, Dorthy A., Editor, Sixth Edition (2001). The Official Encyclopedia of Bridge (6th ed.). Memphis, TN: American Contract Bridge League. p. 742. ISBN 0-943855-44-6. OCLC 49606900.
- Truscott, Alan (December 13, 1993). "Samuel M. Stayman, 84, Inventor Of Bidding Conventions in Bridge". The New York Times.
- Citation at the ACBL Hall of Fame
- Sam Stayman international record at the World Bridge Federation.
- Samuel M. Stayman at Library of Congress Authorities, with 4 catalog records