Henry Thompson - 1951 Topps Red Back

Henry Curtis “Hank” Thompson (December 8, 1925 - September 30, 1969) was the first black player to play for either the St. Louis Browns or the New York Giants and was the first black batter to square off against a black pitcher when the Giants faced the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Don Newcombe in 1949. The St. Louis Browns signed the Kansas City Monarchs power hitter in 1947 after he batted .340 over four seasons and helped them reach the 1946 Negro League World Series. (They fell to the Newark Eagles in seven games.) With Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson already having made an historic appearance in a Major League game, breaking the color barrier, Thompson was a key figure of firsts among black players becoming one half of the first duo of black players to take the field together on the same team as well as the first pair to face one another. However, Hank was more than just a record setter, though more were to come. After one year in St. Louis (1947), Thompson returned to the Monarchs before the New York Giants called him up to play second base in 1949. With him joining the Giants, he became the first black player to play for an American League and National League team. He helped the Giants win two National League pennants in 1951 and 1954 and was a key component to the 1954 World Series championship team as he batted .364, scored six runs and drove in another two. His best year came in 1953 when he hit .302 with 117 hits including 24 home runs, scored 80 runs and drove in another 74. Hank played eight years in New York (1949-1956), but finished his professional career in the minor leagues with the Minneapolis Millers in 1957. During Hank Thompson’s Major League career, he batted .267 with 801 hits including 129 home runs, 492 runs scored and 482 RBI in 933 career games. His grace and strong arm from the outfield were legendary, though he also appeared as a utility infielder, and he posted a .947 fielding percentage for this career.



Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 GEM MT 10
2 MINT 9 (28)

PRICES BY GRADE

1951 TOPPS RED BACK 32 HENRY THOMPSON

Grade Most Recent Price Average Price SMR Price Population POP Higher
Auth 246
PR 1 246
FR 1.5 246
GOOD 2 246
VG 3 4 242
VG - EX 4 $4.69 $4.69 10 232
EX 5 $4.58 $4.58 $6.00 33 196
EX - MT 6 $4.32 $4.32 $10.00 26 167
NM 7 $10.13 $9.38 $18.00 37 130
NM - MT 8 $32.99 $25.87 $40.00 99 30
MINT 9 $114.99 $114.99 $80.00 28 1
GEM - MT 10 1

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