Eugene Earl Thompson
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Junior Thompson, a former major league pitcher and scout, died on Aug. 24, 2006 in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was 89.
In six seasons in the major leagues, Thompson compiled a 47-35 record with a 3.26 ERA in 686.2 innings pitched. He also recorded 315 strikeouts and seven saves.
He debut with Cincinnati in 1939 at the age of 22. His best season in the majors came in 1940 when he pitched to a 16-9 record and a 3.32 ERA in 225.1 innings pitched for Cincinnati.
He pitched in Cincinnati's 1939 World Series loss to the Yankees and in the 1940 victory over Detroit. He started two games in his World Series career, posted an 0-2 record and a 14.62 ERA in eight innings pitched.
He was out of baseball in 1943-1945 while serving in the Navy during World War II. He returned to the major leagues in 1946 with the New York Giants. He pitched in 39 games for New York in 1946 and 15 games in 1947. He never pitched in the major leagues again after 1947.
After his playing career, he went to work for the Giants as a scout. He worked for the Giants for 40 years and also worked for Cleveland, the Cubs and San Diego until his retirement in October 2005.
He had lived in Arizona since 1971 with his wife, Dorothy. They had been married for 67 years and she died in December 2005.
Source: Arizona Republic obituary (Published: 8/25/2006)