Horn in Holliston, Massachusetts, 2008
|First baseman / designated hitter|
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 6'5", 250 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.
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.
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