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Rupert Lockhart Thompson

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Tommy Thompson was a professional baseball player for 22 seasons, 1928 through 1953, a four-decade time period. His first appearance was made with the Bloomington Bloomers of the class D Three-I League at the age of 18. This would be the first of 21 seasons for Thompson in the minor leagues. Tommy's best account of his minor league play would show in 1945, when playing as an outfielder with the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League, the then-34-year-old would appear in 126 games and hit at a .346 average. Thompson's minor league career hitting stats show a solid .290 batting average and 83 home runs in 2,055 games.

Thompson would also spend all or parts of six seasons in the major leagues from 1933 through 1939. His best year in the big leagues came with the 1936 Boston Bees when he appeared in 106 games, hitting .286 in 304 plate appearances. He also appeared with the Boston Braves (1933-1935), Chicago White Sox, (1938-1939) and the St. Louis Browns, (1939). Thompson's career big league batting average was .266 in 397 games.

After Thompson's full-time playing career ended he became a minor league manager and part-time player for seven seasons (1946-1952).

Rupert Lockhart Thompson died on May 24, 1971 in Auburn, CA, at the age of 61.

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1946 Modesto Reds California League 69-61 4th none Lost League Finals
1947 Salt Lake City Bees Pioneer League 81-57 1st none Lost League Finals
1948 Salt Lake City Bees Pioneer League 60-65 5th none
1949 Salt Lake City Bees Pioneer League 73-53 4th none Lost in 1st round
1950 Wenatchee Chiefs Western International League 80-70 4th none none
1951 Wenatchee Chiefs Western International League 68-75 4th none none
1952 Magic Valley Cowboys Pioneer League 55-77 7th (t) none none

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