As a Tiger rookie in 1920, Hale led the AL with 17 pinch hits in 52 at-bats, but
he failed to stick, and the A's bought him from Portland for $75,000 in 1923. At
Philadelphia, he played third base whenever Jimmy Dykes was playing another position.
Hale was a smart fielder reputed to have the smallest hands in the game.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»December 5, 1922: Connie Mack spends money to begin building another winner. He sends $40,000 and several players to Portland (Pacific Coast League) for 3B Sammy Hale.