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Full Name: Samuel Luther Thompson Primary Position: OF
Height/Weight: 6' 2"/207 First Game: July 2, 1885
Birthdate: March 5, 1860 Final Game: September 10, 1906
Birthplace: Danville, Indiana MLB Experience: 15 years
Died: November 7, 1922
Deathplace: Detroit, Michigan
Bat/Throw: Left/Left


Biography

Sam Thompson (Samuel Luther Thompson) was born on March 5, 1860 in Danville, Indiana. He made his Major League debut on July 2, 1885 for the Detroit Wolverines. In 1885, his rookie year, he hit .303 with 7 home runs and 44 RBI. Thompson played for the Detroit Wolverines, Philadelphia Phillies and Detroit Tigers over the course of his 15 year career.

Most people believe that Sam Thompson's best season was 1895, when he slugged 18 home runs, stole 27 bases, hit for a .392 average and knocked in 165 runs.

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1885 DET N 63 254 58 77 7 44 .303 .344 .500 11 9 16 22 0 0 0 0 0
1886 DET N 122 503 101 156 8 89 .310 .355 .445 18 13 35 31 0 0 13 0 0
1887 DET N 127 545 118 203 11 166 .372 .416 .571 29 23 32 19 9 0 22 0 0
1888 DET N 56 238 51 67 6 40 .282 .352 .466 10 8 23 10 3 0 5 0 0
1889 PHI N 128 533 103 158 20 111 .296 .348 .492 36 4 36 22 6 0 24 0 0
1890 PHI N 132 549 116 172 4 102 .313 .371 .443 41 9 42 29 8 0 25 0 0
1891 PHI N 133 554 108 163 7 90 .294 .363 .410 23 10 52 20 8 0 29 0 0
1892 PHI N 153 609 109 186 9 104 .305 .377 .432 28 11 59 19 11 0 28 0 0
1893 PHI N 131 600 130 222 11 126 .370 .424 .530 37 13 50 17 6 0 18 0 0
1894 PHI N 99 437 108 178 13 141 .407 .458 .686 29 27 40 13 1 8 24 0 0
1895 PHI N 119 538 131 211 18 165 .392 .430 .654 45 21 31 11 5 2 27 0 0
1896 PHI N 119 517 103 154 12 100 .298 .341 .449 28 7 28 13 6 3 12 0 0
1897 PHI N 3 13 2 3 0 3 .231 .286 .385 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
1898 PHI N 14 63 14 22 1 15 .349 .388 .571 5 3 4 0 0 0 2 0 0
1906 DET A 8 31 4 7 0 3 .226 .250 .290 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total NL 1399 5953 1252 1972 127 1296 .331 .384 .506 340 159 449 226 63 13 229 0 0
Total AL 8 31 4 7 0 3 .226 .250 .290 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1407 5984 1256 1979 127 1299 .331 .384 .505 340 160 450 226 63 13 229 0 0

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1885 DET N 3B 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1885 DET N OF 63 0 0 84 24 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 .885
1886 DET N OF 122 0 0 194 29 13 11 0 0 0 0 0 .945
1887 DET N OF 127 0 0 217 24 24 7 0 0 0 0 0 .909
1888 DET N OF 56 0 0 86 4 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 .882
1889 PHI N OF 128 0 0 173 19 21 7 0 0 0 0 0 .901
1890 PHI N OF 132 0 0 170 29 13 5 0 0 0 0 0 .939
1891 PHI N OF 133 0 0 234 32 18 6 0 0 0 0 0 .937
1892 PHI N OF 153 0 0 223 28 17 7 0 0 0 0 0 .937
1893 PHI N 1B 1 0 0 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .875
1893 PHI N OF 131 0 0 171 17 14 3 0 0 0 0 0 .931
1894 PHI N OF 99 0 0 159 12 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 .977
1895 PHI N OF 118 0 0 186 31 13 2 0 0 0 0 0 .943
1896 PHI N OF 119 0 0 231 28 7 11 0 0 0 0 0 .974
1897 PHI N OF 3 0 0 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .833
1898 PHI N OF 14 0 0 19 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1906 DET A OF 8 0 0 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Total 3B 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Total OF 1406 0 0 2165 283 171 61 0 0 0 0 0 .935
Total 1B 1 0 0 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .875

Transactions

  • Sold by Indianapolis (Western) to Detroit Wolverines with Chub Collins, Jim Donnelly, Jim Keenan, Larry McKeon, Gene Moriarity, Dan Casey, Sam Crane and Deacon McGuire for $4000 (only $2000 paid due to dispute) (June 15, 1885).
  • Sold by Detroit Wolverines to Philadelphia Phillies for $5000 (October 16, 1888).

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