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Sam LanfordLewis Grover LanfordBorn: Jan. 8, 1886 in Woodruff, S.C.Died: Sept. 14, 1970 in Woodruff, S.C.Debut: 1907 | Pos: PH: 5’9″ | W: 155 | B: R | T: R Yr W L G SV IP SO ERA1 0 1 2 0 7.0 2 5.14>> Visit the Sam Lanford biography on Baseball Almanac for complete statistics.By DEAN LOLLIShistoricbaseball.comWashington wasn’t exactly having the best of trips to Chicago in August 1907 and in that game on Aug. 19, it seemed that everything was going wrong.Frank Oberlin started the game for Washington and he lasted less than two innings against the Sox. Chicago scored 11 runs in those first two innings including seven in the second. Jim Block, who started the game at catcher for Washington, injured his finger on a foul ball in the second inning. To make matters worse, Washington’s Mike Heydon had left the team a couple of days earlier and now Washington was down a catcher.