Sam Rothschild was born on October 16, 1899 in Sudbury to Daniel and Annie Rothschild (original pioneers of the Sudbury community). He later married Eva Yackman on July 11, 1933.
Rothschild was an avid sportsman who played hockey, baseball, and curling. He was a member of the Sudbury Wolves junior and senior hockey clubs and played professional hockey with the Montreal Maroons and the New York Americans. He was also the first Sudburian to play on a Stanley Cup winning team and the first Jewish hockey player in the NHL.
During the 1950's and 1960's, Rothschild played a prominent role in advancing the interests of Sudbury and Northern Ontario on a national curling scale. As a representative of Seagram's Distilleries, Rothschild encouraged his company to sponsor sporting events on a regional level.
In 1953, Sam Rothschild was instrumental in making Sudbury the first Northern Ontario city to host the Brier Championships, and in 1958, he was elected president of the Dominion Curling Association. During this time, he worked to secure Northern Ontario's "special status" in the Brier when other provinces wanted the region stripped of its status.
Rothschild was actively involved in community life. He served as the president of the Northern Ontario Curling Association, as president of the Chamber of Commerce, and as a community alderman for two years.
In 1973, Sam Rothschild was nominated to the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame, making him the first and only Sudburian to receive this honour.
Sam Rothschild passed away on April 15, 1987. He was 88 years old.