Samuel Dailey- Born in Oakford


Born March 31, 1904, in Oakford, Illinois, Samuel Dailey had a short major league career. He made his debut for the Philadelphia Phillies on July 4, 1929, in Game 2 of a doubleheader in Brooklyn. He allowed one hit but went unscored on in that game. He took his first loss on July 13th as the starter of the game in which he had 8IP/13H/8ER in the game at home facing Pittsburgh.

On August 26th he got his first career win in relief and followed that with another win on August 31st. His last game came on October 5, 1929, in which he hurled one inning and allowed 3 hits and 3 runs. In his career, he was 2-2 with a 7.54 ERA in 20 games. He started 4 games and threw 51.1 innings in the major leagues.


He died on December 2, 1979 (aged 75) in Columbia, Missouri and is buried at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Paris, Missouri.


Central Illinois has had many major league baseball players in history. Let’s look at them from the 12 counties that we have selected to become Central Illinois. (Logan, McLean, DeWitt, Woodford, Fulton, Peoria, Mason, Tazewell, Cass, Morgan, Menard, Sangamon)