Blog #47 (Robby Thompson)

By Richard J. Decker on March 6, 2013 7:00 AM

This week there is no legal section of the blog.

Now for the Opening Day memory:

Robby Thompson played his entire 11 year career for one team--the San Francisco Giants--from 1986-1996. He was a steady second baseman who made two All Star teams (1988 and 1993), won a Silver Slugger award as the best hitter at his position (1993) and won a Gold Glove award as the best fielder at his position that same year. Robby had other interesting career highlights. He played in two National League Championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1987 and the Chicago Cubs in 1989 and hit home runs in both including two in 1989, one of which was a game winner in Game 3 of that series. He also played in the 1989 earthquake World Series against the Oakland A's who, unfortunately for him, swept his Giants. His best season was 1993, where he hit .312 with 19 home runs and 65 RBIs. His season was cut short when he was hit in the face by Trevor Hoffman in

late September. But he came back to play in the final game of the season wearing a facemask, as that game was against the Atlanta Braves for the National League pennant. His Giants did not prevail (the Braves lost to the Toronto Blue Jays in the World Series that year). Two other interesting tidbits about Robby. He became the first player (in 1986) to be caught stealing 4 times in the same game (although 3 of those were on hit and run plays). He also played almost his entire career with the same glove. After retiring in 1996 at the age of 34 (probably resulting in injury plagued seasons in 1994, 1995 and 1996, Robby ultimately went into coaching, first with the Cleveland Indians and as of this writing with the Seattle Mariners. Here is his Opening Day memory.

RThompson.jpg"I remember my very first Opening Day like it was yesterday! We were playing the Houston Astros in the Astrodome and facing Nolan Ryan. In my second at bat, after he struck me out the first time, I got a double off him off the left centerfield fence. Quite a thrill!"

See you in two.