Byrd earned his nickname during six years as a Yankee sub by often replacing the
aging Babe Ruth in late innings. Byrd later became a professional golfer and won
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»September 8, 1932: The Yankees and Tigers replay protested August 1st game as the nightcap of a doubleheader, but end in a 7–7 tie. After the game, Babe Ruth experiences abdominal pains he believes are an appendicitis attack. He will be out of the lineup indefinitely. Sam Byrd, subbing for Ruth in the opener, collects five hits for the Yankees, including two home runs in a 5–4 win.
»May 23, 1936: At Crosley Field, Sammy Byrd hits a grand slam in the bottom of the 9th to give the Reds a 4–3 win over Pittsburgh. Bucs starter Bob Swift loads the bases and reliever Cy Blanton serves up just one pitch to Byrd who lets it fly. Byrd will hit one more homer this year and then retire next March 10 to play professional golf.