Sam's floor-scraping left-hand kill off the back wall may never be duplicated, and it made him the premier left-handed, left-side doubles player in his day. Offense was his strong point, not to mention his uncanny accuracy and percentage of success. As an ex-one-waller, his sweeping fly kill was also a weapon he used to great advantage. Although he was a formidable singles player, his stiff right-arm stroke prevented him from achieving national prominence in singles.
Of course, Sam achievements cannot be acknowledged without mentioning his fathering another of the game's all-time greats and fellow Hall of Fame member, Paul.