|Outfielder / Designated hitter|
April 9, 1949 |
|September 11, 1973, for the Chicago White Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 1, 1978, for the Toronto Blue Jays|
|Runs batted in||47|
Samuel James Ewing (born 9 April 1949) is a former baseball player for the Chicago White Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays. He batted left and threw right. Ewing played football, basketball, baseball and ran track at John Overton High School in Nashville, TN. Ewing competed in his senior year in the Tennessee State track meet in the 100 yard dash and the 220. Ewing also participated in the Connie Mack World series twice representing Post 5 of Nashville. This team had three future major leaguers – Mike Willis (Baltimore, Toronto), Sam Ewing (Chicago White Sox, Toronto Blue Jays and Wayne Garland (Baltimore, Cleveland)
Ewing attended the University of Tennessee, where he was an All-American. Ewing had a collegiate batting average of .412, hitting a high of .464 in his junior year. In 1970, Ewing was chosen to represent the USA in the World Amateur games in Columbia. The USA was beaten in extra games by Cuba. Ewing played left field in most games and was one on 7 players on that team playing in the major leagues. Ewing was drafted in the first round by the Montreal Expos (1969) and Chicago White Sox.
In Ewing's first major league game, he was struck out four straight times by Nolan Ryan, who struck out 17 with the Anaheim Angels. His final American League game was on October 1, 1978. Afterward he went to play in for the Nippon-Ham Fighters in Japan, where he batted .287, had moderate power and reasonable success.
Returning from Japan, Ewing joined his former AAA team and, after the firing of his manager, he accepted the managing job offered by longtime owner Ray Johnstone. The following year he managed the Appleton Foxes (Midwest League) to a fourth-place finish. Released by management the following year, Ewing returned to university.
His educational background includes graduating from John Overton Comprehensive High School in 1966, a bachelor's degree from University of Tennessee. He got his master's degree in Exercise Physiology and worked on his doctorate in Sports Psychology and physiology at Michigan State University. He is a retired college educator in Ste.Genevieve, MO, teaching Hospital Administration at University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point (online)and working in middle management at Vanderbilt University Medical School at the Kim Dayani Center. Ewing at one time was a 2 handicap golfer with 3 hole in ones. Ewing is married to the Dr. June Burks (Reeves) Ewing from Charlotte N.C., a Presbyterian minister.
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- Outfielder - Sam Ewing (1971)
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