Gene "Junior" Thompson
 

 

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EUGENE EARL THOMPSON

Born: June 7, 1917
Place: Latham, Illinois
Died: August 24, 2006
Place: Scottsdale, Arizona

Height: 6'-1"
Weight: 185

Batted: Right
Threw: Right

Position:
Pitcher

Nickname: 
Junior

Kitty League Team:
Paducah Indians

Kitty League 
Hall of Fame
Inducted July 19, 1953

 


Gene “Junior” Thompson was in his second professional season when he pitched for the Paducah Indians in 1936. They captured the first-half championship and were scheduled to face the second-half champion Union City Greyhounds and determine the winners of the Kitty League pennant.

But after dropping the first game at Union City 6-2, seven players refused to play the rest of the series and went home. Thompson was among them. They were suspended indefinitely by National Association president William G. Bramham. Manager Ben Tincup himself refused to appear for the first game, claiming Union City had two ineligible players on its roster.

Among the players’ grievances were biased officiating in the first game and problems with club owner Burnley B. Hook. “B.B. Hook had made us promises all year that if we won either half-season (pennant), he would give us extra money and he did not,” recalled Thompson. “Ben (Tincup) was as upset as the rest of us and he didn’t care if we went (to Union City) or not. Needless to say, we did not go.”

The suspensions were eventually lifted and Thompson went on to pitch six seasons in the major leagues.

 

 

 

Kitty League Pitching Statistics

YEAR CLUB ERA W L G CG IP ER H BB SO
1936 Paducah --- 20 7 37 19 252 -- 258 74 147

 

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