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Sam Thompson | County Derry

Full Name: Samuel Luther Thompson

Born: March 5, 1860 in Danville, IN

Irish Roots: County Derry

Family Name: Campbell

Surname Origins: Campbell is derived from the Gaelic roots cam (“crooked”) and beul (“mouth”)—meaning “crooked mouth” or “wry mouthed.”

Accomplishments: 

  • Lifetime .331 batting average
  • 1,308 Career RBI
  • 2× NL home run leader (1889, 1895)
  • 3× NL RBI leader (1887, 1894, 1895)

Honors:

  • National Baseball Hall of Fame (1974)
  • Philadelphia Phillies Wall of Fame
 
Bio: “Big Sam” Thompson’s 3x great-grandfather, John Campbell, was born in County Derry in 1698!