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.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
Location. 39° 45.817′ N, 86° 31.003′ W. Marker is in Danville, Indiana, in Hendricks County. Marker can be reached from E. Main Street (U.S. 36) east of Wayne Street. Touch for map. Marker is located in Ellis Park at the northern
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Central Normal College (approx. ¼ mile away); Hendricks County (Danville, Indiana) War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Danville’s Carnegie Library (approx. half a mile away); Danville’s Main Street Historic District (approx. 0.6 miles away); T.H.I.&E. Interurban Depot Building (approx. 7.3 miles away); Arthur L. Trester (approx. 7.3 miles away); Van Buren Elm (approx. 7½ miles away); Western Yearly Meeting House (approx. 7½ miles 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.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 15, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 411 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 15, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.