Samuel S. Edmonston. 95, a retired Washington insurance salesman who had played baseball with the old Washington Senators, died of arteriosclerosis Thursday at the Midicenter Nursing Home in Corpus Christi, Tex.
A pitcher who set a number of minor league records, Mr. Edmonston was known in the 1900s as the "'Rube' Waddell of the minor leagues." In 1906, he moved up to the old Washington Senators and spent two seasons with the club before going back to the minors.
Mr. Edmonston played football at Georgetown University. He was named an All-Southern end in 1902, 1903 and 1904.
About 1919, Mr Edmonston began a 35-year carrer as an insurance salesman in Washington. He worked for Bankers Life Company of Des Moines, Iowa, for about 20 years and later for New England Mutual Life Insurance Co., from which he retired in 1954.
Mr. Edmonston was born and reared in Georgetown and maintained a home there for many years. He moved to Texas about two years ago.
For about 20 years, he coached local rowing teams for the old Analostan Boat Club here.
Mr. Edmonston was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and the Indian Spring Country Club in Silver Spring. His wife, Margaret Mary, died in 1955. They were married in 1904.
Survivors include three children, John S., of Silver Spring; William C., of Annandale, and Margaret Mary Tisdale, of Williamburg, Va., 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Another son, Washington physician Dr. Russell E., died in 1959.