Note: This page discusses 1940s pitcher Sam "Red" Webb. For college coach and minor league player Sam Webb, click here.
Samuel Henry Webb
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 175 lb.
- High School McKinley Technical High School
- Debut September 15, 1948
- Final Game July 22, 1949
- Born September 25, 1924 in Washington, DC USA
- Died February 7, 1996 in Hyattsville, MD USA
Red spent the first of his five years in professional baseball with the Erie Sailors of the class C Middle Atlantic League in 1946. He had come ready to play and threw a 18-6 record and a 2.18 ERA at the rest of the league, helping his team to the league championship and playoff title. Red's 18 wins tied for the league lead.
Still tough in 1947, Red went 19-7 with a 3.04 ERA for the Sioux City Soos of the class A Western League. His 19 wins topped the league and helped his team to the play-off title and made Red the league's All-Star starting pitcher.
Webb was still on a roll and 1948 found him with the Jersey City Giants of the International League, where he went 18-15 with a 4.15 ERA in 37 appearances. His 18 wins left him one shy of the league's best, while pitching for a seventh-place club.
Red was called up to the Polo Grounds for his first appearance in the big leagues with the New York Giants on September 15, 1948 and finished out the season with a 2-1 record and a 3.21 ERA in five games with the fifth place Giants. Webb was back with the Giants, appearing in 20 games in 1949, went 1-1 with a 4.03 ERA and ended his big league run on July 22, with a 3-2 record, when he was sent back to the Jersey City club where he went 4-4 in 11 games for the balance of the season.
The 25-year-old pitcher was traded by the Giants along with Sid Gordon, Buddy Kerr and Willard Marshall to the Boston Braves for Al Dark and Eddie Stanky on December 14, 1949. Red was sent to the Milwaukee Brewers of the American Association for the 1950 season by the Braves and it would appear that something didn't go right as Webb appeared in one game, pitched five innings with no decision, and his pro baseball career ended on the spot. He left behind a 59-32 minor league record in 105 games while pitching 684 innings.