Wednesday, July 7, 2010
#249 - Danny Thompson
Card fact: This is the second-to-last Topps card of Danny Thompson during his career. His final one would be issued less than a year before his death.
What I thought about this card then: I never saw it. In fact, I never pulled a card of Thompson during the two years he was alive when I was collecting. That explains why it took years before I knew who Thompson was and about his sad story.
What I think about this card now: I wish I could read all of the advertisements in the background.
Other stuff: Danny Thompson was the Twins' starting shortstop in the early 1970s, enjoying a strong season in 1972. But Thompson was diagnosed with leukemia in 1973. Through various treatments, he continued to play for the Twins, albeit in a somewhat more limited role. Thompson was traded to the Rangers in 1976. After the '76 season, he succumbed to his disease, making him one of the few modern-age ballplayers to die from a disease while still an active player.
A golf tournament in Thompson's name continues to be played in Sun Valley, Idaho, each year.
Back facts: I wonder if Thompson was really plagued by injuries or if Topps didn't want to mention his cancer battle on the back of his baseball card.
Other blog stuff: On this date in 1975, three Cardinals were thrown out at home plate on throws from the outfield in a single game against the Giants. Considering how the Cardinals imploded in tonight's game against the Rockies, this seems appropriate.