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Samuel Blake Chapman

Genuine Hometown Hero

 
 
Samuel Blake Chapman Marker, top panel image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 3, 2013
1. Samuel Blake Chapman Marker, top panel
Inscription.
Samuel was born to Catherine and Charles Chapman of Mar West Street in Tiburon on April 11, 1916. He worked in his fatherís merchandise store on Main Street and delivered mail for his father who also served as Tiburonís Postmaster from 1915 to 1941. Sam attended Tiburonís one-room schoolhouse and played baseball on a Main Street lot where he earned his nickname “The Tiburon Terror”. Later, at Tamalpais High School, he excelled in athletics and earned letters in five different sports.

Sam went on to the University of California at Berkeley and after building up his body as a welder helper on the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge, he became an All American in both Football and Baseball. Before graduating in 1938, he helped lead the Cal Bears “Thunder Team” to a Rose Bowl victory over the University of Alabama.

Upon graduation in 1938, Sam signed on to play for the legendary Connie Mackís Philadelphia Athletics for ten seasons. Like many others from his generation, Sam served his country from 1942 to 1945 as a navy pilot and flight instructor. He returned to the 1946 All-Star Game and completed his pro career with the Cleveland Indians in 1951 the played for the Oakland Oaks before hanging up his cleats in 1954 with career statistics of .266 batting average in 1363 games including
Samuel Blake Chapman Marker, front panel image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 3, 2013
2. Samuel Blake Chapman Marker, front panel
Philadelphia Aís
Oakland Oís
Cal Thunder Team – 1938
Naval Aviator

180 home runs and 773 runs batted in.

He has been inducted into the Marin Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame, The UC Berkeley Hall of Fame, Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame, The Phillies Wall of Fame and the National Collegiate Hall of Fame. He is still considered by many to be the best all around athlete to ever come out of Marin County

 
Erected 2012.
 
Location. 37° 52.419′ N, 122° 27.339′ W. Marker is in Tiburon, California, in Marin County. Marker is at the intersection of Tiburon Boulevard (California Route 131) and Main Street, on the right when traveling west on Tiburon Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1825 Tiburon Boulevard, Belvedere Tiburon CA 94920, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Northwestern Pacific (within shouting distance of this marker); McNeilís Pioneer Boathouse (within shouting distance of this marker); The “Harbor Light” (within shouting distance of this marker); 1925 Victorian Saloon (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); James Yeh Jau Liu (about 400 feet away); Fleming Rooming House
Samuel Blake Chapman Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
July 24, 2013
3. Samuel Blake Chapman Marker - Wide View
Looking southwest, with the intersection of Main Street and Tiburon Boulevard in the background.
(about 600 feet away); 1895 Ark Houseboat (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1920 Victorian Cottage (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tiburon.
 
Also see . . .
1. Sam Chapman - Wikipedia. Samuel Blake Chapman (April 11, 1916 – December 22, 2006) was an American two-sport athletic star who played as a center fielder in Major League Baseball, spending nearly his entire career with the Philadelphia Athletics (1938–1941, 1945–1951). (Submitted on October 14, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. The Late Sam Chapman: Former Big League Baseball Player, Cal Football Star and Tiburon Hometown Hero. The City of Tiburon's page dedicated to Sam Chapman (Submitted on October 14, 2013.) 

3. Former Big Leaguer Sam Chapman Honored in Tiburon. The Marin I-J's article (June 8, 2012) on the dedication of this marker: Some 200 people paid tribute to former major league baseball outfielder Sam Chapman on Friday at the dedication of a monument in his honor in downtown Tiburon....Chapman, who died in 2006 at age 90, is considered one of Marin's top athletes of all time. A Tiburon native, he grew up playing baseball in the mud flats near Tiburon's former rail yard, just steps away from the site of the new monument at what is now Point Tiburon Plaza.... (Submitted on October 14, 2013.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 14, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 364 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 14, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   3. submitted on October 14, 2013. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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