Thompson, Sam

Samuel Luther Thompson
Born: March 5, 1860, Danville, Indiana
Died: November 7, 1922, Detroit, Michigan
Played For: 
Detroit Wolverines (1885-1888), Philadelphia Quakers (1889), Philadelphia Phillies (1890-1898), Detroit Tigers (1908)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1974

An outstanding slugger and run producer for the National League clubs in Detroit and Philadelphia in the Dead Ball Era, Sam Thompson was one of the most impressive batting stars of the 19th century. In addition to his 126 career home runs, the clutch-hitting Thompson also hit for average, collecting 200 or more hits three times and finishing his career with a lifetime mark of .331. He was also a fine fielder who was renowned for his exceptionally strong arm.

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Did You Know: 
that on May 7, 1887, Sam Thompson became the first big leaguer to hit two bases-loaded triples in the same game, a record since tied but never broken?
There were great stars in the old days, as great perhaps as any living today, but I am strong for the players of today, take 'em by large.