Sammy Stewart is a former professional baseball player who pitched in the Major Leagues from 1978 to 1987. He attended Owen High School in Swannanoa, NC and signed his first pro contract with the Baltimore Orioles in 1975. He pitched in 359 major league games, finishing with a 59–48 record, 45 saves, and a 3.59 ERA.
On September 1, 1978, Stewart made his Major League debut for the Orioles, fanning seven consecutive batters en route to a 9–3 win over the Chicago White Sox. In 1981, Stewart led the American League in ERA. Stewart appeared in the 1979 World Series and 1983 World Series as a member of the Orioles.
In October 2006, Stewart began serving an eight-year sentence in a North Carolina prison on a felony drug charge, having been convicted as an “habitual felon”. He was released in January, 2013. He has been charged 46 times with more than 60 offenses since 1988, and has spent 25 months in prison over six separate stints. He has admitted to being a “crack addict.”
Sammy talked to Ed & Steve about his battle with addiction throughout the years and his fight to stay clean which he fights everyday with the support of his church and family. Sammy talked about how he would have dreams about cocaine and how it took him 2 years to get away from that drug.
Sammy also talked about the late great Mike Flanagan who passed while Sammy was in prison. Sammy talked about receiving the news and what Flanagan meant to him as a teammate and as a friend. Sammy said that Flanagan sat right next to him in the locker room and was very helpful to his career, and how much he misses him and all his former teammates.