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Danny Serafini
08-28-2006, 05:31 PM
Sorry if this was posted already, hadn't seen it here.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2561718

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Gene "Junior" Thompson, who pitched in the major leagues for six years and was a member of the Cincinnati Reds' 1940 championship team before embarking on a long career as an Arizona-based baseball scout, has died. He was 89.

Thompson died Thursday at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn, according to family members. Hospital officials would not release information Friday on the cause of death.

Thompson had a 47-35 record with Cincinnati (1939-42) and the New York Giants (1946-47). His career was interrupted for three years by World War II, during which he served in the Navy.

He went 16-9 in 1940 for the Reds, who beat the Detroit Tigers in the World Series that year.

Shortly after his playing career ended, Thompson began scouting for the San Francisco Giants and worked 40 years for the team. He then scouted briefly for the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs and worked for the San Diego Padres from 1997 until he retired last October.

"He was an old-school scout," said former major-league catcher Joe Garagiola Sr. "No radar gun or nothing. He'd have a 25-cent notebook and write down in it: 'Can't play. No arm.'"

Thompson had lived in Arizona since 1971. His wife of 67 years, Dorothy, died last December.

He is survived by a daughter, a granddaughter, a grandson and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were pending.

westofyou
08-28-2006, 05:44 PM
So who's left from that team... I know Lonnie Frey lives in Idaho.

Danny Serafini
08-28-2006, 05:55 PM
Quick check of baseball-reference.com gives me the following:

Billy Werber (98)
Lonny Frey (96)
Eddie Joost (90)

Bill Baker died this past April at the age of 95.

westofyou
08-28-2006, 05:59 PM
Quick check of baseball-reference.com gives me the following:

Billy Werber (98)
Lonny Frey (96)
Eddie Joost (90)

Bill Baker died this past April at the age of 95.
I'd love to be a 4th in that group at the Golden Corral.

Cyclone792
08-28-2006, 06:37 PM
I'd love to be a 4th in that group at the Golden Corral.

You've definitely got that right.

Billy Werber did a ton of interviews for ESPN a few years back when they were pouring out their Sports Century shows that would focus on one individual athlete. IIRC, Werber had several interview clips on the Ruth segment specifically, and it looked like he was doing very well, especially for his age.

For those interested, here's a quick rundown of Junior Thompson's stats. He did a nice job on the mound for the Reds during their two big years when they won the World Series in 1940 and claimed the NL Pennant in 1939.


JUNIOR THOMPSON

GIVEN NAME: Eugene Earl Thompson
BORN: 6/7/1917 Latham, Illinois
BAT: R THROW: R HEIGHT: 6'1" WEIGHT: 185 MLB DEBUT: 4/26/1939

YEAR TEAM AGE W L PCT G GS CG SV GF IP H R ER BB SO ERA RSAA
1939 Reds 22 13 5 .722 42 11 5 0 19 152 130 51 43 55 87 2.55 23
1940 Reds 23 16 9 .640 33 31 17 0 1 225 197 90 83 96 103 3.32 10
1941 Reds 24 6 6 .500 27 15 4 1 6 109 117 65 59 57 46 4.87 -17
1942 Reds 25 4 7 .364 29 10 1 0 7 102 86 61 38 53 35 3.35 -1
1946 Giants 29 4 6 .400 39 1 0 4 27 63 36 18 9 40 31 1.29 16
1947 Giants 30 4 2 .667 15 0 0 0 6 36 36 20 17 27 13 4.25 0
TOTALS 47 35 .573 185 68 27 5 66 687 602 305 249 328 315 3.26 31
LG AVERAGE 38 38 .500 29 11 687 692 328 284 247 268 3.72 0

YEAR TEAM HR H/9 BR/9 SO/9 BB/9 SO/BB SHO WP IBB HBP BFP BK NW NL
1939 Reds 6 7.70 11.13 5.15 3.26 1.58 3 1 0 3 625 0 12 6
1940 Reds 10 7.88 11.80 4.12 3.84 1.07 3 3 0 2 951 2 14 11
1941 Reds 6 9.66 14.61 3.80 4.71 0.81 0 2 0 3 509 0 4 8
1942 Reds 5 7.59 12.44 3.09 4.68 0.66 0 3 0 2 443 0 5 6
1946 Giants 5 5.14 10.86 4.43 5.71 0.78 0 2 0 0 244 0 9 1
1947 Giants 3 9.00 16.00 3.25 6.75 0.48 0 1 0 1 164 0 3 3
TOTALS 35 7.89 12.33 4.13 4.30 0.96 6 12 0 11 2936 2 47 35
LG AVERAGE 40 9.07 12.46 3.51 3.24 1.08 5 12 0 12 2953 1


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vjneo
07-16-2011, 01:14 PM
this is my uncle i recently found out would love to get more info on his career.

izzy's dad
07-16-2011, 02:52 PM
Quick check of baseball-reference.com gives me the following:

Billy Werber (98)
Lonny Frey (96)
Eddie Joost (90)

Bill Baker died this past April at the age of 95.

Some of the stories these guys could tell you would be something. I always like to hear stories of the "golden age" of baseball. I worked with an older gentleman a couple of years ago, he would tell me about going and watching the big Klu, and Crosley field. Great stuff