Richard William Thon
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 175 lb.
Shortstop Dickie Thon of the Houston Astros was an up-and-coming star in the early 1980s, leading the National League in triples in 1982, and hitting 20 homers while making the All-Star team in 1983. However, early in the 1984 season, he was struck in the eye by a pitch thrown by Mike Torrez of the New York Mets. He suffered permanent damage and missed the remainder of the year. Over the next four seasons, Thon played rather sparingly before finally becoming a regular starter again with the 1989 Phillies.
Thon ended up playing 15 seasons in the big leagues, of which he played in 100+ games in six seasons. While his best season was 1983, when he was # 7 in the MVP voting, he also had a good season in 1989 when he hit 15 home runs in 136 games.
Thon twice stole over 30 bases in a season. In 1982 he had 37 steals while getting caught only 8 times. Thon, while appearing in post-season play three times, never played in a World Series.
He broke into the majors hitting .339 with the 1979 Angels, who won their division that year.
Thon's grandfather, Fred, was a minor league pitcher in 1940. His nephew, Freddie Thon, played in the Texas Rangers organization from 2004 to 2007. His brother, Frankie Thon, played in the minors from 1978 to 1980 and later served as a scout. His son Dickie Joe Thon began his minor league career in 2011.
Dickie played for the Bayamón Cowboys, San Juan Metros, San Juan Senators, Arecibo Wolves and Santurce Crabbers in the Puerto Rican Winter Baseball League. He was one of the most productive batters of the league during the early 1980s.
- NL All-Star (1983)
- NL Silver Slugger Award Winner (1983)
- NL Triples Leader (1982)
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 1 (1983)