Bats: R Throws: R
Height: 69 Weight: 165
Born: Tuesday, December 15, 1931 in Chicago, IL USA
Died: 7 9 2018 in Newland, NC USA
Last Game: 8/23/1963
Full Name: Samuel Esposito
Born December 15th, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois long time utility infielder and occasional outfielder Sammy Esposito would enjoy parts of 10 seasons on the South Side, and was a huge fan favorite during his time.
Making his debut in September of 1952 after graduating from Fenger HS and IU-Bloomington, Sammy would appear in 542 games for the White Sox through the beginning of the 1963 season, when he was released in May.
Not known for his bat, Sammy was very useful in the field, playing at third, short, second, center and left during his career. Esposito would make just 42 errors in 1018 total chances in his career, which for a part time player is not too shabby. Never appearing in more than 98 games in any season, Sammy was the prototypical utility player of the time. Like many others that had this designation during the era, his hustle and ability to be ready to play anywhere at any time was invaluable.
Sammy would go on to coach the NC State Wolfpack for 21 seasons and would compile a record of 513-253 and guide them to the College World Series in 1968.
Sadly, the last nine years of Sammy’s life were spent in assisted living and he passed away in 2018 just a few months after his wife.