Horn in Holliston, Massachusetts, 2008
|First baseman / designated hitter|
Born: November 2, 1963|
|July 25, 1987, for the Boston Red Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 20, 1995, for the Texas Rangers|
|Runs batted in||179|
Samuel Lee Horn (born November 2, 1963) is an American former baseball player who spent parts of eight seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) and was an anchor for New England Sports Network, the flagship station of Boston sports teams.
The 1982 first round draft pick (16th Pick) of the Boston Red Sox, Horn hit .278 with 14 home runs in just 158 at-bats as a rookie in 1987. Horn hit 23 home runs as a member of the Baltimore Orioles in 1991. During his career (1987–1995) with Boston, Baltimore, Cleveland, and Texas, the powerful 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m), 250 lb (110 kg) pound first baseman Horn hit .240 with a total of 62 home runs. After leaving MLB, Horn played for the Taipei Gida in 1997 and 1998. He hit the first home run in the Taiwan Major League and held the record of being the highest paid player in the Taiwan professional baseball history (US[$] 216,000 dollars for the 1997 season) until surpassed by Chin-Feng Chen in 2006.
Horn is best known for his start of the 1987 MLB Season. While in Triple A with the Pawtucket Red Sox Sam had 30 home runs, 82 RBI's and batted .321. After being called up to the Majors, Sam continued his assault becoming the fastest to hit 10 home runs to start his MLB career. In 1987 that was a major league record and to this date is still a record held by Sam for the Boston Red Sox.
New England Sports Network
Horn worked for New England Sports Network, providing analysis on Red Sox post-game shows. Horn's catch-phrase was ka-pow, which he exclaims whenever a Sox player hit a home run. The Red Sox fans' message board website called Sons of Sam Horn, which has also been used by Red Sox players (e.g. Curt Schilling) and management (e.g. John Henry), is named after Horn.
In July 2007, he declared his candidacy for President of Red Sox Nation. On August 15, 2007, a group calling themselves the "Fans of Sam Horn" took out an ad in USA Today, telling his fans to vote for him for President of Red Sox Nation.
What is Your Pre-Game?
Sam Horn understands that fans are curious about how the people they admire live. This is why Horn has decided to interview athletes, CEO's, etc. that seek peak performance and a competitive edge at their crafts. Horn's main goal is to show the public how they train, deal with stress and fuel their bodies for success, which is why "What is Your Pre-Game?" came to fruition.
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- The Official Major League Baseball Fact Book. The Sporting News. 2002. p. 350. ISBN 0-89204-670-8.
- "Pre-Game Insights | Routine | Interviews - What is Your Pre Game". What is your Pre-Game. Retrieved 2017-11-29.