Samuel James Ewing (born April 9, 1949) is a former baseball player for the Chicago White Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays. He batted left and threw right. Ewing attended the University of Tennessee, where he was an All=American. Ewing had a collegiate batting average of .412, hitting a high .464 in his Junior year.. Ewing was drafted in the first round by Montreal Expos (1969) and Chicago White Sox's. In Ewing's first major league game, he struck out 4 straight times by Nolan Ryan, who struck out 17 with the Anaheim Angels. His final American League game was on October 1, 1978. Afterwards he went on to play in Japan for the Nippon-Ham Fighters where he batted .287, had moderate power and reasonable success. After returning from Japan, Ewing joined his former AA team and after the firing of his manager, he accepted the managing job offered by long time owner Ray Johnstone. The following year he managed the Appleton Foxes (Midwest League) to a 4th place finish. Released by management the following year , Ewing returned to university.
His educational background includes graduating from John Overton Comprehensive High School in 1966, a bachelor's degree from University of Tennessee. He got his master's degree in Exercise Physiology and worked on his doctorate in Sports Psychology/ physiology at Michigan State University. Today, Sam is a college educator in Topeka, Kansas, teaching Hospital Administration at University of Wisconsin at Stephens Point (online). Ewing is married to the June Burks (Reeves) Ewing from Charlotte N.C., a Presbyterian minister.
By Dean Hanley
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