Sam Horn

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Sam Horn
Sam Horn in Holliston, MA - 2008
First baseman/Designated Hitter
Born: (1963-11-02) November 2, 1963 (age 52)
Dallas, Texas
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
July 25, 1987, for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
September 20, 1995, for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
Batting average .240
Home Runs 62
Runs batted in 179

Samuel Lee Horn (born November 2, 1963) is a former baseball player who spent parts of 8 seasons in MLB and was an anchor for New England Sports Network, the flagship station of Boston sports teams.

Pro career[edit]

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. Sam 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.

On April 6, 1992, he scored the first ever run at Camden Yards.[1]

Horn is perhaps best remembered as the origin of the term horn, referring to the act of striking out six times in a single game, a feat Horn accomplished in 1992 while with the Baltimore Orioles.

Post career[edit]

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.

Early years[edit]

Horn grew up in San Diego and went to Samuel F.B. Morse High School with Mark McLemore, where they were coached by Bob Mendoza, a San Diego Hall of Champions Coaching Legend inductee.[2]

During a High School game Sam Horn hit 4 Home Runs in one game.


  1. ^ The Official Major League Baseball Fact Book. The Sporting News. 2002. p. 350. ISBN 0-89204-670-8. 
  2. ^ Cal Coach, "A History of Excellence: Cal Coaches Awards Through the Years"