Danville in Hendricks County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Samuel Luther Thompson
He was born in Danville March 5, 1860 and educated in Danville Graded School. He played for Danville Browns baseball team in 1883 and for Evansville and Indianapolis minor league ball clubs 1884 and 1885. He played for National League Detroit Wolverines (1855-1888) and Philadelphia Phillies (1889-1898) and with American League Detroit Tigers 1906.
Thompson and his wife retired to Detroit, where he died November 7, 1922; buried there in Elmwood Cemetery. Inducted into National Baseball Hall of Fame 1974 and Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame 1979. Thompson remains first in runs batted in per game, edging out Lou Gehrig. Local ball diamond and Danville High School award honor this native son.
Erected 2006 by Indiana Historical Bureau and Thompson and McPheeters Families. (Marker Number 32.2006.1.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Sports. In addition, it is included in the Indiana Historical Bureau Markers series list. A significant historical date for this entry is March 5, 1860.
Location. 39° 45.817′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 E Main Street, Danville IN 46122, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Central Normal College (approx. ¼ mile away); Dr. Jeremiah & Ann Jane DePew House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hendricks County (Danville, Indiana) War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Danville’s Carnegie Library (approx. half a mile away); Hendricks County Sheriff's Residence & Jail (approx. half a mile away); Danville’s Main Street Historic District (approx. 0.6 miles away); Morgan-Chaille House (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Leachman-Underwood House (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danville.
Also see . . .
1. Sam Thompson - National Baseball Hall of Fame. (Submitted on October 15, 2013.)
2. IHB Annotations. The Indiana Historical Bureau provides annotations for the text of the marker on their website. (Submitted on October 15, 2013.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 15, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 594 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 15, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.