Sam Spear, a Bay Area sports promoter and broadcaster who was a friend of Joe DiMaggio and countless other luminaries, died of complications from the rare disease sarcoidosis on Saturday. He was 72 years old.
Known for his stories and love of red wine, jazz, and conversation around dining, especially in North Beach, Spear was director of media relations at Golden Gate Fields and Bay Meadows and hosted radio shows. and television on horse racing.
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