Monday, June 18, 2012

Player Profile: Sam August

I have one card of Sam August, from 1991 Classic Best.

Playing career: Sam August pitched in the Astros organization from 1986 to 1994. His numbers highlight the stark contrast between A ball and AA ball. In 33 games in A ball, he was 21-2 with a 1.90 ERA. In 19 games at AA, he was 3-6 with a 4.86 ERA.

Interesting facts: His father, Robert August, is a surfing legend. He was one of the two stars of the 1966 movie Endless Summer, which helped popularize the sport.

Where he is now: He handles all the sales and marketing for Robert August Surfboards. According to the company website, his favorite movies include Shawshank Redemption and Best in Show, his favorite bands include Doors and Led Zeppelin, and his favorite athletes include Bo Jackson, Nolan Ryan and Michael Jordan (“I struck him out swinging on a slider”).

My memories: Only know him from his baseball card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is third when you type Sam Aug, between Sam August Dean, a blogger for Bon Appetit, and Samantha Augeri, a meteorologist for News 12 Long Island. Another prominent Sam August is an outfielder for the Penn State baseball team.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Jerry Augustine.

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