Sam Thompson is a Hall of Fame outfielder that played from 1885-1898, with the Detroit Wolverines and the Philadelphia Phillies. He hit .331, with 1305 rbi in just 1410 games. He was an rbi machine. In 1894 he hit .415, good for 3rd in the league, and 2nd on his team. Yes, 1894 was a hitter’s year.
This is Sam Thompson’s Old Judge baseball card that was issued by Goodwin & Co in 1887. He towers over the buildings in the back ground like a baseball Godzilla.
This is Sam Thompson’s card issued by Goodwin & Co. in 1889, his 1st year with Philadelphia. If you look closely you can see the same flag from the previous card peeking just over his left elbow, and an issue date of 1887. Since Goodwin & Co didn’t have a photograph of Thompson in his newly acquired Philadelphia uniform, they just “photo-shopped” Philadelphia across his Detroit uniform. 19th Century ingenuity, still alive and kicking into the 21st Century.
Also, it is my belief that Wolverines is the best sports nickname ever. The next franchise shift in MLB must change their name to Wolverines. It’s been too long.