Samuel Luther Thompson (March 5, 1860 - November 7, 1922), in 1894 while hitting .404, was a member of the only .400-hitting outfield in history alongside Ed Delahanty (.400) and fourth outfielder Tuck Turner (.416). (Everyday centerfielder, Billy Hamilton, hit .399 that year.) Thompson was an excellent slugger during the Dead-ball Era smashing 126 home runs with the Detroit Wolverines (1885-1888), the Philadelphia Quakers/Phillies (18891898) and Detroit Tigers (1906) over 15 seasons. Big Sam batted over the .300-mark nine times in his career and led the National League three times in hits, RBI, and slugging percentage. He was the 1887 batting champion hitting .372 with 166 RBI and 203 hits in 545 at-bats. Sam Thompson retired with 2,016 hits, 1,259 runs, 222 stolen bases, 1,299 RBI and a career .336 batting average. The Veterans Committee elected Samuel Luther Thompson to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974.