Sammi Kane Kraft

Sammi Kane Kraft (April 2, 1992 – October 9, 2012) was an American baseball player, musician and actress.

Sammi Kane Kraft
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Kraft in 2005
Born(1992-04-02)April 2, 1992
DiedOctober 9, 2012(2012-10-09) (aged 20)
Los Angeles, California
Occupation(s)Actress, musician, athlete
Years active2005–2012

Born in Livingston, New Jersey,[1] she starred in the 2005 remake of Bad News Bears as Amanda Wurlitzer.[2] She was featured in an Page 2-story about her athletic skills, and competed in the Junior Olympics.[3] She began a garage folk project in San Francisco under the name of Scary Girls[4] and continued to record music.


On October 9, 2012, at 1:30 am, Kraft was riding in the passenger seat of a car when it rear-ended a semi trailer and was then struck by another vehicle, according to the California Highway Patrol. Subsequently, she was pronounced dead at the Cedars Sinai Medical Center.[5]

Alana Haim of the band HAIM has the initials "SKK" taped to her guitar in memory of Kraft.[6] The third verse of HAIM's song, Hallelujah, is about the effect of Kraft's death on Alana, who was best friends with her at the time of her death.[7]

Kraft's heart was donated by her parents to Yvonne Payne, wife of Fox Business Network's Charles Payne.[8]


  1. ^ "Sammi Kane Kraft dies at 20; acted in 'Bad News Bears' remake". Los Angeles Times. October 11, 2012. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
  2. ^ "Sammi Kane Kraft". IMDb. Retrieved May 11, 2022.
  3. ^ "Glory Day: Bad News for a Bear". ESPN. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
  4. ^ "Scary Girls". SoundCloud. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
  5. ^ "Bad News Bears Remake Actress Sammi Kane Kraft Killed in Car Crash". E! Online. October 11, 2012. Retrieved May 1, 2022.
  6. ^ Cooper, Leonie (October 19, 2012). "Arctic Monkeys' frontman Alex Turner shows up to see Haim at Hollywood gig". NME. Archived from the original on February 4, 2021. Retrieved December 10, 2021.
  7. ^ "Haim interview: "The mantra of this record is about being fearless"". NME. November 1, 2019. Retrieved March 2, 2022.
  8. ^ "Wife of Fox News Contributor Joins NJ Sharing Network Foundation Board of Trustees 2 Years After Heart Transplant". Retrieved August 13, 2017.

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