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Jack Sanford
First baseman
Born: (1917-06-23)June 23, 1917
Chatham, Virginia
Died: January 4, 2005(2005-01-04) (aged 87)
Greensboro, North Carolina
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 24, 1940, for the Washington Senators
Last MLB appearance
May 9, 1946, for the Washington Senators
MLB statistics
Batting average.209
Home runs0
Runs batted in11

John Doward Sanford (June 23, 1917 – January 4, 2005) was a first baseman in Major League Baseball who played his entire career for the Washington Senators. Listed at 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) tall and 195 pounds (88 kg), Sanford batted and threw right-handed. He was born in Chatham, Virginia.

Basically a line-drive hitter and a fine defensive player, Sanford was one of many ballplayers who interrupted their careers to serve during World War II. He signed with the Senators out of the University of Richmond, where he lettered in baseball, basketball, football and track.

Sanford made his American League debut on August 24, 1940 at Griffith Stadium. In his debut, he left six men on base in a two-run loss.[1] His -0.437 win probability added is the lowest of any debutant in Major League history.[2] Sanford played for the Washington Senators in the 1940 and 1941 seasons as a backup for Zeke Bonura and Mickey Vernon at first base. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1941 to 1946, playing and coaching on baseball teams there, then returned to major league action briefly in 1946.

In a three-season career, Sanford was a .231 hitter (32-for-153) with 13 runs and 11 RBI in 47 games, including four doubles and four triples without home runs or stolen bases.

Sanford died in Greensboro, North Carolina, at the age of 87.


  1. ^ "Chicago White Sox at Washington Senators Box Score, August 24, 1940". Sports Reference. Retrieved 4 January 2021.
  2. ^ "Batting Game Finder". Sports Reference. Retrieved 4 January 2021.