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Bohne, Sammy

Samuel Arthur Bohne (Born Samuel Arthur Cohen)

Born Sam Cohen, Bohne had a lifetime .261 average. He played 663 games, primarily for Cincinnati, for whom he was once part of an infield in which, oddly, every member was from San Francisco. He played both the outfield and the infield, and was known as an excellent baserunner and a lively, aggressive ballplayer -- a "pepperpot."

While Sammy was playing for the Reds in 1923, a Chicago newspaper report implied that Bohne was involved in game-fixing. Sammy was cleared of any charges and was awarded damages in a libel suit. He entered the garment industry and real estate business after his baseball career.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. October 22, 1896 - d. May 23, 1977

Career Highlights:
Born Samuel Cohen in San Francisco, Bohne first played professional baseball in 1916 with Tacoma in the Northwestern League. He was promoted to the St. Louis Cardinals later that year and appeared in 14 games for the major league club, hitting .237 (9-38). Over the next five years, Bohne played in the minors with various team, including St. Paul (Minnesota) and Milwaukee in the American Association, and the Oakland Oaks and Seattle Rainiers in the Pacific Coast League. He returned to the majors in 1921.

When Bohne was called up again, he played with the Cincinnati Reds and had the best season of his career. Bohne was among the league leaders in six categories as he played in 153 games (second in the NL), had an impressive 613 at-bats (sixth in the league), scored 98 runs (ninth), hit 16 triples (sixth), and had 54 walks (ninth) as well as 26 stolen bases (fourth). His 16 triples still ranks as the 14th best in Reds' history. Sammy also batted .285 with 28 doubles, and added 44 RBIs.

Bohne remained with the Reds for the next five seasons, then finished his career with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1926. He did not put up the numbers of his 1921 season again; but in 1923, he gained attention for breaking up Dazzy Vance's no-hitter with two outs in the ninth inning. Bohne played in 668 career games and had a batting average of .261.

Career Dates:
Bohne played for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1916 (14 games), the Cincinnati Reds, 1921-26, and the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1926.

This versatile infielder primarily played second base, although he spent considerable time at both third base and shortstop. Also played 4 games in the outfield and 3 at first base.

Physical description:
5'8-1/2", 175 pounds

Career Statistics:
Games: 663
Batting Avg.: .261
Slugging Avg.: .357

At-bats: 2315
Hits: 605
Doubles: 87
Triples: 45

Home Runs: 16
Home Run %: 0.7
Runs: 309
RBI: 228

BB: 193
Strike Outs: 154
Stolen Bases: 75

Pinch Hitting
At-bats: 5
Hits: 1

Fielding Statistics
Put-outs: 1282
Assists: 1939
Errors: 140
Double-plays: 275

Total Chances per Game: 5.2
Fielding Avg: .958

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