Agnew was a Browns regular for three seasons (1913 through 1915) and led American
League catchers in errors in two of them because of a scattergun arm. In 1915 he
committed 39 errors.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»July 25, 1913: A 15-inning 8–8 tie game between St. Louis and the Nationals is called for darkness. Reliever Walter Johnson fans a major-league record 15 in the last 11 innings, but he hits rookie catcher Sam Agnew with a pitch, breaking his jaw. Browns P Carl Weilman sets a major-league record by striking out six times. He becomes the first player in history to strike out six consecutive times in a game, as Johnson gets him four times, and Joe Engel and Long Tom Hughes once each. Johnson's strikeout mark for relievers will last this century before another Johnson breaks it, in 2001.
»May 20, 1916:
At Fenway, starter Babe Ruth walks the first two Browns hitters. With the 2nd walk, Ruth's batterymate Pinch Thomas complains so much about the call that he is tossed, and Sam Agnew takes his place behind the plate. After two outs, and runners at 1B and 3B, the Browns pull a double steal to score. The Sox take a 2–1 lead after 4, and when Ruth walks the bases loaded in the 6th, Carl Mays relieves. Mays allows two hits in three 1/3 innings to preserve the 3–1 win. Ruth allows no hits in his five 2/3 innings.