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    Junior Thompson, member of Reds 1940 champs, has died

    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.

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    Re: Junior Thompson, member of Reds 1940 champs, has died

    So who's left from that team... I know Lonnie Frey lives in Idaho.

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    Re: Junior Thompson, member of Reds 1940 champs, has died

    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.

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    Re: Junior Thompson, member of Reds 1940 champs, has died

    Quote Originally Posted by Danny Serafini
    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.

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    Re: Junior Thompson, member of Reds 1940 champs, has died

    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou
    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.
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    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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    Re: Junior Thompson, member of Reds 1940 champs, has died

    this is my uncle i recently found out would love to get more info on his career.

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    Re: Junior Thompson, member of Reds 1940 champs, has died

    Quote Originally Posted by Danny Serafini View Post
    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


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