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Sam Thompson
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Baseball Player
    (March 5, 1860-November 7, 1922)
    Born in Danville, Indiana
    Nicknamed 'Big Sam'
    Right fielder for the Detroit Wolverines (1885-1888), Philadelphia Quakers/Phillies (1889-1898) and the Detroit Tigers (1906)
    NL Batting Champion (1887)
    Two-time NL Home Run Champion (1889,1895)
    Three-time NL RBI Leader (1887, 1894-95)
    Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee (1974)
    He was one of 11 children.
    He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
    He claimed he wouldn't play for the Phillies following the 1893 season over the team's performance and management, but chose to return for the next season.
    He didn't have a good relationship with manager George Stallings.
    He suffered back problems which forced him into sudden retirement.
    He made a comeback with a losing Tigers team.
    He batted and threw left-handed.
    He hit for the cycle (August 17, 1894).
    He was among the best players to produce RBIs in his era.
    His career ratio of RBIs to games played (.923) remains a Major League record.
    He helped the Detroit Wolverines team win the 1887 pre-modern World Series, as he posted a .362 batting average, 2 home runs, 7 RBIs and a .621 slugging percentage.
    He was the first player in major league history to post 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in one season (1889).
    He was the oldest player to record a triple at the age of 46 (1906).

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