It takes a couple of dollars, but the steps to get the SAM format to DOC or ODT is the following:
Buy/Download Lotus Word Pro - http://www-01.ibm.com/software/lotus/products/smartsuite/features.html The reason is this will be the link between opening SAM files with no format problems and saving them in either Microsoft Word 2000 Format or Lotus WordPro format.
Open the newly converted file (Either DOC or LWP format) with LibreOffice.
Enjoy either saving it in the same format or using the ODT format.
This also helps because the Word Pro application includes converting of multiples files. I just did 16000+ files from SAM to LWP and then did a simple command in linux:
libreoffice --convert-to odt *.wlp - In case your files are WLP
libreoffice --convert-to odt *.doc - In case your files are DOC
I am sorry there is no other way. I have spent about 7 years looking for an option and, well, this is the only one right now. The only other way would be for IBM to release the source for opening SAM files and that would help in bringing many MANY medics, accountants, architects and others that have their research in SAM format to a new format. Just in my case I changed around 16000+ in medical documents from SAM to ODT and about 10000+ for other areas.
NOTE - I have checked as accepted until a better (Cost Free solution) comes out that works with no problems like the one I mention here.