18. Sam Thompson
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: March 5, 1860 in Danville, IN USA
  • Weight: 207 lbs.
  • Height: 6'2"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: July 02, 1885
  • Final Game: September 10, 1906
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Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame via the Veterans Committee in 1974, Sam Thompson’s contract was purchased from the Detroit Wolverines by the then named Philadelphia Quakers for $5,000 and it would prove to be money well spent.

1889 was Sam Thompson’s first season in Philadelphia he would make history as the first lefthander to hit 20 Home Runs in a season, which would win him the Home Run title in the process.  Thompson won it again in 1895 and that year and the year previous he was also the Slugging Champion.  He also hit for average with five seasons over .300 one of which was .415 campaign (1894).  As a Philadelphia Phillie, Sam Thompson had a sweet Slash Line of .334/.389/.509.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Outfield
  • Acquired: Purchased from the Detroit Wolverines for $5,000 10/16/88.
  • Departed: Retired after the 1898 Season (though would return for Detroit for 8 Games in 1906).
  • Games Played: 1034
  • Notable Statistics: 930 Runs Scored
    1,478 Hits
    275 Doubles
    107 Triples
    95 Home Runs
    965 RBI
    192 Stolen Bases
    .334/.389/.509 Slash Line
    30.9 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Highest Slugging Percentage (1894 & 1895)

    Most At Bats (1893)

    Most Plate Appearances (1893)

    Most Hits (1890 & 1893)

    Most Total Bases (1895)

    Most Doubles (1890 & 1893)

    Most Home Runs (1895)

    Most Runs Batted In (1894 & 1895)

    Highest Power-Speed # (1895)

    Most Assists by an Outfielder (1891 & 1896)

    Highest Fielding Percentage by an Outfielder (1894 & 1896)
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