Henry Curtis “Hank” Thompson

Henry Curtis “Hank” Thompson

Birth
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, USA
Death 30 Sep 1969 (aged 43)
Fresno, Fresno County, California, USA
Burial Fresno, Fresno County, California, USA
Memorial ID 17863469 · View Source
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Major League Baseball Player. A left-handed batter, he began his career in the Negro Leagues in 1943 with the Kansas City Monarchs. During World War II he distinguished himself in the Battle of the Bulge as a machine-gunner with the 1695th Combat Engineers, and rose to the rank of Sergeant. When signed as a free agent in 1947 by the St. Louis Browns, he became only the third black player in the Major Leagues and the first for the Browns. Joining the New York Giants in 1949, he made history as the first black player to integrate two major league teams. While with the Giants he compiled a lifetime average of .267, helping them to win National League pennants in 1951 and 1954, and winning the World Series in 1954.

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  • Added: 8 Feb 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial 17863469
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Henry Curtis “Hank” Thompson (8 Dec 1925–30 Sep 1969), Find a Grave Memorial no. 17863469, citing Odd Fellows Cemetery, Fresno, Fresno County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .