Thursday, December 17, 2020

#20 Hank Thompson


#20 Hank Thompson
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"His Walk About" - After debuting with the St. Louis Browns in 1947 (becoming just the third player to break the "color line"), Thompson would spend his next 8 seasons as a New York Giant, retiring in 1956 with 801 hits over 9 years.  A .267 career hitter, Thompson collected 100+ hits in a season on five occassions, and broke the 20 home run mark three times. 

"That's Not a Knife" - It's a New York City taxi cab.  Following his playing career, Thompson worked as a cab driver in New York before falling on some tough times.  He died of a seizure at the age of 43 in 1969.

"More of a love bite really..." - There is some pretty good creasing and edge wear going on with this card, but nothing that I would go so far as to call a problem.  All in all it looks pretty good for it's age.

"Down Under" - Thompson is card #3 in the 1952 set.  I really like both of these cards, but I think I slightly prefer the '52 over the '53.  That cuts the '53 set's lead to 25-21-7.

"At the Oscars"
World Series Champion '54
24th NL MVP Voting '53
33rd NL MVP Voting '50
9th NL Home Runs '54
5th NL Triples '52
8th NL Triples '53
7th NL Slugging  '53

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