Nicknamed Slammin' Sammy, he was one of the world's highest-ranked golfers for nearly 40 years.
He started caddying at the age of 7.
He won 82 PGA Tour events, including seven majors, but never managed to win a U.S. Open.
He married Audrey Karnes in 1940; they remained married for 50 years.
He and Tiger Woods are two of the greatest golfers of all time.