Sam Thompson Stats

Sam Thompson was born on Monday, March 5, 1860, in Danville, Indiana. Thompson was 25 years old when he broke into the big leagues on July 2, 1885, with the Detroit Wolverines. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Sam Thompson baseball stats page.

Sam Thompson's drives "were the direct cause of more hats being smashed, more backs that were thumped until they were black and blue by some wild-eyed fan sitting in the seat behind,more outbursts of frenzied shrieks and howls of glee, than those of any other player who ever wore a Detroit uniform..." - Staff Writer Maclean Kennedy in The Detroit Free Press (02/16,1913, "Sam Thompson Ranks as one of the Great Sluggers of Baseball History", Page 22)
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Birth Name:
Samuel Luther Thompson
Nickname:
Big Sam
Born On:
03-05-1860  (Pisces)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Danville, Indiana
Year of Death Data Died On:
11-07-1922 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Detroit, Michigan
Cemetery:
Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan Click For Grave Photo
High School:
Undetermined
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
6-02
Player Weight Chart Weight:
207
First Game:
07-02-1885 (Age 25)
Last Game:
09-10-1906
Draft:
Not Applicable
Sam Thompson

Sam Thompson Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
- - Did Not Pitch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
Sam Thompson

Sam Thompson Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1885 25 Wolverines 63 254 58 77 11 9 7 0 44 16 - - - - 0 - .303 .344 .500
1886 26 Wolverines 122 503 101 156 18 13 8 0 89 35 - - - - 0 - .310 .355 .445
1887 27 Wolverines 127 513 118 171 29 23 11 0 166 32 - 19 - - 9 - .333 .383 .481
1888 28 Wolverines 56 238 51 67 10 8 6 0 40 23 - 10 - - 3 - .282 .352 .466
1889 29 Phillies 128 533 103 158 36 4 20 1 111 36 - 22 - - 6 - .296 .348 .492
1890 30 Phillies 132 549 116 172 41 9 4 1 102 42 - 29 - - 8 - .313 .371 .443
1891 31 Phillies 133 554 108 163 23 10 7 0 90 52 - 20 - - 8 - .294 .363 .410
1892 32 Phillies 153 609 109 186 28 11 9 0 104 59 - 19 - - 11 - .305 .377 .432
1893 33 Phillies 131 600 130 222 37 13 11 0 126 50 - 17 - - 6 - .370 .424 .530
1894 34 Phillies 99 437 108 178 29 27 13 1 141 40 - 13 8 - 1 - .407 .458 .686
1895 35 Phillies 119 538 131 211 45 21 18 0 165 31 - 11 2 - 5 - .392 .430 .654
1896 36 Phillies 119 517 103 154 28 7 12 0 100 28 - 13 3 - 6 - .298 .341 .449
1897 37 Phillies 3 13 2 3 0 1 0 0 3 1 - - 0 - 0 - .231 .286 .385
1898 38 Phillies 14 63 14 22 5 3 1 0 15 4 - - 0 - 0 - .349 .388 .571
1906 46 Tigers 8 31 4 7 0 1 0 0 3 1 - - 0 - 0 - .226 .250 .290
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
15 Years 1,407 5,952 1,256 1,947 340 160 127 3 1,299 450 - 173 13 - 63 - .327 .381 .502
Sam Thompson

Sam Thompson Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1885 Wolverines 3B 1 - - 2 2.0 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1885 Wolverines RF 63 - - 122 1.9 108 84 24 14 0 n/a n/a n/a .885 0.00
1886 Wolverines RF 122 - - 236 1.9 223 194 29 13 11 n/a n/a n/a .945 0.00
1887 Wolverines RF 127 - - 265 2.1 241 217 24 24 7 n/a n/a n/a .909 0.00
1888 Wolverines RF 56 - - 102 1.8 90 86 4 12 0 n/a n/a n/a .882 0.00
1889 Phillies OF 128 - - 213 1.7 192 173 19 21 7 n/a n/a n/a .901 0.00
1890 Phillies OF 132 - - 212 1.6 199 170 29 13 5 n/a n/a n/a .939 0.00
1891 Phillies OF 133 - - 284 2.1 266 234 32 18 6 n/a n/a n/a .937 0.00
1892 Phillies OF 153 - - 268 1.8 251 223 28 17 7 n/a n/a n/a .937 0.00
1893 Phillies 1B 1 - - 8 8.0 7 7 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .875 0.00
1893 Phillies OF 131 - - 202 1.5 188 171 17 14 3 n/a n/a n/a .931 0.00
1894 Phillies OF 99 - - 175 1.8 171 159 12 4 2 n/a n/a n/a .977 0.00
1895 Phillies OF 118 - - 230 1.9 217 186 31 13 2 n/a n/a n/a .943 0.00
1896 Phillies OF 119 - - 266 2.2 259 231 28 7 11 n/a n/a n/a .974 0.00
1897 Phillies OF 3 - - 6 2.0 5 4 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .833 0.00
1898 Phillies OF 14 - - 24 1.7 24 19 5 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1906 Tigers RF 8 - - 14 1.8 14 14 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
OF Totals 1,030 0 0 1,880 1.8 1,772 1,570 202 108 43 n/a n/a n/a .943 0.00
RF Totals 376 0 0 739 2.0 676 595 81 63 18 n/a n/a n/a .915 0.00
1B Totals 1 0 0 8 8.0 7 7 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .875 0.00
3B Totals 1 0 0 2 2.0 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
15 Years 1,408 - - 2,629 1.9 2,457 2,174 283 172 61 n/a n/a n/a .935 0.00
Sam Thompson

Sam Thompson Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1885 Wolverines - - - 0 0 n/a 36.3 0.0 5.8 - - -
1886 Wolverines 13 - - 0 0 n/a 62.9 0.0 5.7 - - -
1887 Wolverines 22 - - 0 0 n/a 46.6 27.0 3.1 - - -
1888 Wolverines 5 - - 0 0 n/a 39.7 23.8 6.0 - - -
1889 Phillies 24 - - 0 0 n/a 26.7 24.2 4.8 - - -
1890 Phillies 25 - - 0 0 n/a 137.3 18.9 5.4 - - -
1891 Phillies 29 - - 0 0 n/a 79.1 27.7 6.2 - - -
1892 Phillies 28 - - 0 0 n/a 67.7 32.1 5.9 - - -
1893 Phillies 18 - - 0 0 n/a 54.5 35.3 4.8 - - -
1894 Phillies 24 - - 0 0 n/a 33.6 33.6 3.1 - - -
1895 Phillies 27 - - 0 0 n/a 29.9 48.9 3.3 - - -
1896 Phillies 12 - - 0 0 n/a 43.1 39.8 5.2 - - -
1897 Phillies 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 4.3 - - -
1898 Phillies 2 - - 0 0 n/a 63.0 0.0 4.2 - - -
1906 Tigers 0 - - 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 10.3 - - -
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
15 Years 229 - - 0 0 n/a 46.9 34.4 4.6 - - -
Sam Thompson

Sam Thompson Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1885 Detroit Wolverines n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1886 Detroit Wolverines n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1887 Detroit Wolverines n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1888 Detroit Wolverines n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1889 Philadelphia Phillies n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1890 Philadelphia Phillies n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1891 Philadelphia Phillies n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1892 Philadelphia Phillies n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1893 Philadelphia Phillies n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1894 Philadelphia Phillies n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1895 Philadelphia Phillies n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1896 Philadelphia Phillies n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1897 Philadelphia Phillies n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1898 Philadelphia Phillies n/a Undetermined n/a n/a
1906 Detroit Tigers n/a Undetermined n/a -


In 1883 Francis Richter founded the Sporting Life, a weekly magazine devoted to coverage of all sports, with an emphasis on baseball. In 1887 Richter, and other baseball journalists, formed the Base Ball Reporters Association of America, also referred to as the National Base Ball Reporters' Association. And in 1914 Richter wrote the History and Records of Baseball: the American Nation's Chief Sport (Philadelphia: Sporting Life Publishing Co., 1914). In that historic book Richter selected the greatest players in each position in each decade:

Francis Richter Greatest Players by Decade

Decade Catchers Catchers
1870-1880 Doug Allison Deacon White
1880-1890 Charlie Bennett Buck Ewing
1890-1900 Tom Daly Yank Robinson
1900-1912 Chief Meyers Billy Sullivan
Decade Pitchers Pitchers
1870-1880 Candy Cummings Al Spalding
1880-1890 John Clarkson Old Hoss Radbourn
1890-1900 Amos Rusie Cy Young
1900-1912 Christy Mathewson Rube Waddell
Decade First Base First Base
1870-1880 Wes Fisler Joe Start
1880-1890 Cap Anson Charlie Comiskey
1890-1900 Jake Beckley Dan Brouthers
1900-1912 Hal Chase Fred Tenney
Decade Second Base Second Base
1870-1880 Ross Barnes Al Reach (NA Only)
1880-1890 Fred Dunlap Bid McPhee
1890-1900 Nap Lajoie Fred Pfeffer
1900-1912 Eddie Collins Johnny Evers
Decade Third Base Third Base
1870-1880 Cap Anson Ezra Sutton
1880-1890 Jerry Denny Denny Lyons
1890-1900 John McGraw Billy Nash
1900-1912 Home Run Baker Jimmy Collins
Decade Shortstops Shortstops
1870-1880 Davy Force George Wright
1880-1890 Monte Ward Ned Williamson
1890-1900 Hughie Jennings Herman Long
1900-1912 Honus Wagner Bobby Wallace
Decade Left Fielders Left Fielders
1870-1880 Andy Leonard Lip Pike
1880-1890 Tip O'Neill George Wood
1890-1900 Ed Delahanty Joe Kelley
1900-1912 Fred Clarke Chick Stahl
Decade Center Fielders Center Fielders
1870-1880 Count Sensenderfer (NA Only) Harry Wright
1880-1890 Ned Hanlon Hardy Richardson
1890-1900 Billy Hamilton Bill Lange
1900-1912 Ty Cobb Tris Speaker
Decade Right Fielders Right Fielders
1870-1880 Jack Chapman Cal McVey
1880-1890 Joe Kelley Sam Thompson
1890-1900 Jesse Burkett Mike Tiernan
1900-1912 Sam Crawford Willie Keeler

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