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Eugene Earl Thompson
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 185 lb.
- Debut April 26, 1939
- Final Game July 4, 1947
- Born June 7, 1917 in Latham, IL USA
- Died August 24, 2006 in Scottsdale, AZ USA
Thompson made his big league debut with the Cincinnati Reds in 1939, going 13-5. He had his finest season the following year, going 16-9 with a 3.32 ERA as a part of the Reds rotation. He started and lost Game Three of the 1939 World Series against the New York Yankees, and also lost his only start in game 5 of the 1940 Series, when his opponent Bobo Newsom of the Detroit Tigers pitched a shutout.
Thompson was voluntarily retired in 1943 and served in the Navy in 1944-1945 during World War II. After the war, he played two seasons as a member of the New York Giants bullpen. His 1.29 ERA in 1946 was far below the league ERA.
- 15 Wins Seasons: 1 (1940)
- 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 1 (1940)
- Won a World Series with the Cincinnati Reds in 1940