Sam was a powerful hitting first baseman-outfielder, whose determination to win was legendary among his teammates and friends. He played on the West Side Sandlots before winning 3 letters at Buchtel High School. He then began playing at The University of Akron where he won 3 letters and was All-Ohio Conference and MVP in 1950. Also at Akron U he led the team in homeruns and hitting, serving as captain during one season. He was a .350 hitter and more than adequate as a defensive player. In the AA League Sam helped the Smith Sheriffs, Scott Paige, Sohio A.C. and Canton Road Furniture. All in all he was a member of 3 championship teams.