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  • csh19792001
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    Originally posted by cbenson5 View Post
    I wonder if anyone ever picked up Mr. Thompson's work on Jackman. I know many of us were looking forward to the book. Anyway, I still miss him and hope others remember him as well.
    Brian McKenna did, to some extent. Check out his website and what he posted here as Bkmckenna on the Ferrell Thread.

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  • Bill Burgess
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    It was my pleasure. He certainly deserves one.

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  • cbenson5
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    Originally posted by Bill Burgess View Post
    I created a profile for Dick in my Meet the Sports Writers. Here is is.

    http://www.baseball-fever.com/showth...58#post1717158

    Hope you enjoy it.
    That's terrific Bill. Much appreciated.

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  • Bill Burgess
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    I created a profile for Dick in my Meet the Sports Writers. Here is is.

    http://www.baseball-fever.com/showth...58#post1717158

    Hope you enjoy it.

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  • cbenson5
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    I wonder if anyone ever picked up Mr. Thompson's work on Jackman. I know many of us were looking forward to the book. Anyway, I still miss him and hope others remember him as well.

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  • csh19792001
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    I'm sure there have been further inquiries and dedications regarding Dick Thompson in the past month, however I've been away from the internet for much of it. I was hoping someone here might want to respond to this below...

    Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2008 19:28:03 EST
    From: Kerry Keene <[email protected]>
    Subject: Tom Shea research papers

    With the sudden passing of longtime SABR member Dick Thompson last month, I became aware that there was some concern within SABR over the status of the Tom Shea collection, which Mr. Shea left to Dick. Just wanted to let fellow members know that Dick's wife has decided to donate the collection to the National Baseball Library in Cooperstown.

    Also, Dick had an extremely large personal library of baseball books, some which may be of value. She has indicated that at some point, she may consider selling them, and has asked my assistance in determing the value of these books. Some are first edition hardcovers dating back to the early 20th century. Can anyone provide suggestions on publications or websites that would list approximate values?

    Thanks,

    Kerry Keene

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  • csh19792001
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    This is taken from today's SABR-L:

    Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2008 16:22:00 -0500
    From: Clifford Blau <[email protected]>
    Subject: Memories of Dick Thompson

    This post is from Jon Daniels ([email protected]) It is not mine.
    Cliff Blau

    The recent post that cited a Boston Globe article on Dick Thompson
    spurred memories of my times with him. In the 80's, Dick and I would
    make a point of having morning jogs together at the SABR
    Conference. In spite of being older than Dick, I could keep up with
    him because of his troublesome knees. However, I soon learned that I
    was going to be eating his dust when it came to keeping up with him
    on baseball. As one would expect, our running conversations usually
    centered on Wes Ferrell. However, we talked about a lot of baseball
    subjects. The subject that comes most to mind is baseball
    twins. Dick mentioned to me that he read somewhere that Willie
    Stargell had a twin sister but had not confirmed it.

    As the years went by, I would ask various people about a Stargell
    twin. The response was either "I don't know" or "I don't think
    Willie has a twin sister." Several times I asked Dick where he saw
    this factoid. He was not quite sure, but was adamant he saw it in print.

    Unfortunately, answers to these types of questions can often be found
    with the passing of someone. In April 2001, Willie passed away. I
    combed through his obituary and related articles on his death and
    found a possible answer. Willie did have a sister, Sandrus Collier,
    but no mention was made of her being his twin sister. Another fact
    leaped out at me. Willie Stargell's wife Margaret Weller-Stargell
    had a twin sister named Frances Weller. Frances Weller is the
    co-anchor of news for WECT TV in Wilmington NC.

    It appeared that I had my answer, but I wanted to be absolutely
    sure. I did some searching and found an email address for Sandrus
    Collier, Willie's sister. I emailed her with my information and
    asked her to confirm. After several weeks, I got a reply from
    Sandrus stating she was Willie's only sister but not twin
    sister. She also confirmed that Willie's wife, Margaret was a
    twin. I forwarded the response to Dick and he responded with two
    words: "Good Research." I felt as good about that response as
    passing the CPA exam. That is how much I respected Dick as a
    researcher and above all a person.

    Jon Daniels, CPA

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  • csh19792001
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    Originally posted by stejay View Post
    Does anyone know of any sites where you could check out his work? I heard he was a researcher...
    Are you a member of SABR (Society for American Baseball Research)? Much of Dick's work was connected with the society and presented at their national conventions. As a member, you'll be able to find a significant number of articles and papers he authored. I'd strongly recommend a SABR membership anyone with a proclivity for baseball research (both historical and statistical). Dick's Ferrell Brothers Book is commercially available through any vendor carrying baseball history books.

    The Ferrell Brothers of Baseball

    Also, if you're interested, I would strongly suggest you read through his posts here. His username, fittingly, was "WJackman". It's only a tiny cross-section of the entirely of his research-and some info is redundant-but such is the nature of an internet debate forum- however it is free and created quite a bit of interesting exchange here. His work was seminal and the product of thousands of hours of empirical research. His posts here also link to many of his other previous and current projects and opuses.

    http://agatetype.typepad.com/agate_t...nts/index.html

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  • stejay
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    Does anyone know of any sites where you could check out his work? I heard he was a researcher...

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  • BoSox Rule
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    RIP BBHN I always loved reading his posts here and over at Netsports.com

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  • Baseball Guru
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    R.I.P. Mr. Dick Thompson

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  • AutographCollector
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    Another sad loss for the baseball-fever family.
    RIP.

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  • baseballPAP
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    Originally posted by [email protected] View Post
    Notice:

    Just wanted to inform whoever is interested that former member, BaseballHistoryNut has died. His name was Jim.

    He died January 5, 2008, at Stanford Hospital. He had had an operation, which was 'successful', but in the aftermath, a blood clot formed and killed him. He was 55 years old.

    Just thought some of the others might want to be informed.

    Bill
    How unfortunate that two members who liked to spar back and forth so much have both passed, and so close together. This site will be forever poorer without their contributions. God Bless Jim and Dick.
    Last edited by baseballPAP; 01-29-2008, 12:18 AM.

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  • RuthMayBond
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    You can leave the family a message here

    http://www.legacy.com/BostonGlobe/De...onId=100883427

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  • Bill Burgess
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    Notice:

    Just wanted to inform whoever is interested that former member, BaseballHistoryNut has died. His name was Jim.

    He died January 5, 2008, at Stanford Hospital. He had had an operation, which was 'successful', but in the aftermath, a blood clot formed and killed him. He was 55 years old.

    Just thought some of the others might want to be informed.

    Bill

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