Baseball in Wartime

Baseball's Greatest Sacrifice


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Those Who Died That Others Might Be Free

 

Hilton "Tommy" Thompson

 

Date and Place of Birth: Date unknown Camden, New Jersey
Date and Place of Death: June 1945 Pensacola, Florida
Baseball Experience: Semi-Pro
Position: Outfield
Rank: Lieutenant
Military Unit: US Navy
Area Served: United States

 

Hilton D "Tommy" Thompson was born in Camden, New Jersey. He moved to Lowell, Massachusetts during the war to work in the wartime industry and soon began playing baseball with Lincoln in the Lowell Twilight League.

 

Thompson was the team's leftfielder and, under manager George Cowgill, helped the team win the league championship in 1944.

 

"He became popular with his teammates," wrote the Lowell Sun on July 6, 1945, "his 'Jersey accent' and warm good-fellow spirit and attitude in all situations marking him from the outset as a lad whose company was constantly sought by his new friends, wherever their recreation time took them."

 

Thompson joined the Navy after the 1944 baseball season and trained to be a pilot. Achieving the rank of Lieutenant, he was tragically killed in a plane crash at Pensacola, Florida in June 1945.

 

In July 1945, the Lowell Twilight League opened its second-half schedule with a memorial service to Lieutenant Thompson before the game between his old team Lincoln, and top rivals McAndrews.

 

Added July 15, 2007.

 

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