Baseball Hall of Fame - Samuel "Big Sam" Thompson
Samuel Thompson
Samuel Thompson Plaque
Sam Thompson
Samuel Luther Thompson
Big Sam

Induction Information
Elected to Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee in 1974, Player
Hall of Fame plaque for Sam Thompson

Born: March 5, 1860, in Danville, Indiana
Died: November 7, 1922, in Detroit, Michigan

ML Debut: 7/2/1885
Primary Position: Right Fielder
Bats: L   Throws: L

Played For: Detroit Wolverines (1885-1888), Philadelphia Quakers (1889),
Philadelphia Phillies (1890-1898), Detroit Tigers (1908)
Primary Team: Philadelphia Phillies

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 .336. He was also a fine
fielder, who was renowned for his exceptionally strong arm.

"Thompson belongs to that rutting class of slugging batsmen who think of nothing
else when they go to the bat but that of gaining the applause of the 'groundlings'
(fants) by the novice's hit to the outfield of a 'homer', one of the least difficult hits
known to batting in baseball, as it needs only muscle and not brains to make it."
— Spalding Guide, 1896

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

Hall of Fame Teammate: Ed Delahanty
Baseball Hall of Fame - Samuel "Big Sam" Thompson
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