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Sam West
Born: October 5, 1904(1904-10-05)
Longview, Texas
Died: November 23, 1985 (aged 81)
Lubbock, Texas
Batted: Left Threw: Left 
MLB debut
April 17, 1927 for the Washington Senators
Last MLB appearance
September 24, 1942 for the Chicago White Sox
Career statistics
Batting average     .299
Hits     1,838
Runs batted in     838
Career highlights and awards

Samuel Filmore West (October 5, 1904 - November 23, 1985) was a center fielder in Major League Baseball who played for three different teams between 1927 and 1942. Listed at 5' 11", 165 lb., West batted and threw left handed. He was born in Longview, Texas.

West entered the majors in 1927 with the Washington Senators, playing six years for them before moving to the St. Louis Browns (1933-1939[start]), again with Washington (1938[end]-1941), and the Chicago White Sox (1942). His most productive season came in 1933, when he posted a career-high .333 batting average and reached double figures in doubles (25), triples (12), home runs (11) and stolen bases (10). That season, he also was selected to the first All-Star Game ever played, being selected again in 1934, 1936 and 1937.

During his career, West collected a .300 average during eight seasons; led AL outfielders in putouts twice, double plays three times, and assists once, and in four times was considered in the AL Most Valuable Player vote. But he never once played for a pennant winner. Although he played with Washington during 10 seasons, he missed the American League champion team that went to the 1933 World Series after being send to the Browns in exchange for Goose Goslin.

In a 16-season career, West was a .299 hitter (1838-for-6148) with 75 home runs and 838 RBI in 1753 games, including 934 runs, 347 doubles, 101 triples, 53 stolen bases, and a .371 on-base percentage.

Following his playing career, West served in the U.S. Army during World War II. After discharge from the service, he spent three years as a coach with the Washington Senators.

West died in Lubbock, Texas at age 81.

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