ALPHABETIC LIST OF
THE 50 BRAVES PLAYERS OF THE 1970'S
WHO DIDN'T MAKE MY ORIGINAL 100 FAVORITE PLAYER LIST
#47 MIKE THOMPSON
ATLANTA BRAVES 1975
I feel a little bad about the whole Mike Thompson career record thing. During his four year career, Mike's ERA was 4.86. Not an awe inspiring number, but not the worst off all-time. However, his career record of one win and fifteen losses is certainly among the worst career records of all-time. Mike was 1-6 as a rookie for the Senators, 0-3 as a Cardinal and 0-6 as a Brave. He probably pitched his best game as a Brave on July 21, 1975 giving up only a run in five innings. The Braves did win that game, but they won because of a late rally, giving the win to reliever Mike Beard. Thompson had a couple of other games where he pitched well but got very little run support.
His only major league win was as a member of the Senators when he pitched 8 2/3 innings of shutout ball against the Angels on August 14, 1971. I don't normally list non-Brave games here, but I felt like emphasizing the positive for Mike.