June 6, 1902|
|Died: November 20, 1968
|September 5, 1925, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Last MLB appearance|
|April 22, 1934, for the New York Giants|
|Runs batted in||249|
Lafayette Fresco Thompson (June 6, 1902 – November 20, 1968) was a Major League Baseball second baseman and executive. He was born in Centreville, Alabama, but attended George Washington High School and Columbia University in New York City. A right-handed batter and thrower, Thompson stood 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) tall and weighed 150 lb (68 kg).
After brief appearances with the Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Giants, Thompson was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1927 when the Giants obtained Rogers Hornsby. He had his most productive years with the Phils, playing in Baker Bowl, twice hitting over .300. Overall, he batted .298 in 669 games played and 2,560 at bats over nine National League seasons (1925–32; 1934).
After his playing days, Thompson managed in the minor leagues and in 1946, he became an assistant farm director for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Thompson moved up the executive ladder, and survived the front-office purge that followed Branch Rickey's departure in October 1950. During the shakeup, Thompson became a vice president and the team's second-ranking baseball executive, responsible for all minor league operations, while another VP, Buzzie Bavasi, assumed control of the big-league Dodgers' operations.
Thompson continued in that role after the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1958. When Bavasi left to become president of the expansion San Diego Padres in June 1968, Thompson became the Dodgers' executive vice president and general manager; however, weeks after his promotion, Thompson was diagnosed with cancer, and he died in November in Fullerton, California, at the age of 66.
- Collier, Phil, "Death of a Dodger", Baseball Digest, February 1969, pp. 27-28
|Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager