Fresco Thompson

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Lafayette Fresco Thompson

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Biographical Information[edit]

Fresco "Tommy" Thompson was a player, manager, scout, farm director and GM.

He was known as a good defensive infielder and bench jockey. Before a game when he was with the Brooklyn Dodgers Waite Hoyt asked Thompson why he was gargling a lot before a game, Thompson said he was getting in shape. In 1934 Thompson's tongue cost him a job; when Bill Terry told him to pinch-run, he said "I'd like to, but I just shined my shoes."

Thompson spent many years as a player, then managed in six different minor league cities. After that he became a Dodgers scout in 1942 and 1946-1947. He was the Dodgers' farm director from 1949 to 1968. In 1968 he became GM of the now Los Angeles Dodgers but died only five months later.

Thompson was at Columbia University at the same time as Lou Gehrig. He played several years in the minors before leaving Columbia, and came to the majors in 1925. After his major league days he continued to play in the minors through 1941, hitting .300 several times. Although not a home run hitter in the majors, he had 26 homers for Buffalo in 1926.

Quote: "Willie Mays and his glove: where triples go to die."

Preceded by
Buzzie Bavasi
Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager
Succeeded by
Al Campanis

Source: On a Clear Day They Could See Seventh Place by George Robinson and Charles Salzberg

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (1929)
  • 200 Hits Seasons: 1 (1929)
  • Won a World Series with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1925 (he did not play in the World Series)

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1938 Birmingham Barons Southern Association 73-79 6th Chicago Cubs
1939 Hartford Bees Eastern League 58-82 7th (t) Boston Bees
1940 Williamsport Grays Eastern League 60-74 7th Philadelphia A's
1941 Reading Brooks Interstate League 74-51 3rd Brooklyn Dodgers Lost in 1st round
1943 Montreal Royals International League 76-76 4th Brooklyn Dodgers Lost in 1st round
1944 New Orleans Pelicans Southern Association 57-83 8th Brooklyn Dodgers
1945 New Orleans Pelicans Southern Association 73-67 4th Brooklyn Dodgers Lost League Finals

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