Jason Thompson

Born in 1954, stuff in Hollywood, order California, Jason was a standout player at Cal-State Northridge. He was selected in the fourth round by the Detroit Tigers and began his Major League baseball career on April 23, 1976. Jason along with fellow rookie Mark “The Bird” Fidrych made an instant impact. Jason was selected to the All-Star team three times; first with Detroit in 1977 and again in 1978. It was during this time with the Detroit Tigers that Jason earned his nickname, “Roof Top” due to his ability to hit balls over the towering right field roof of Tiger Stadium.

Very few of the great players who have played at Tiger Stadium have ever achieved such a feat. Along with his power hitting, Jason was known as a top defensive first baseman as well. He was traded to the California Angels in 1980, and in 1981 made his debut in the National League with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Here again, his outstanding play and hitting ability lead to his third appearance as an All-Star in 1982. Unfortunately knee injuries cut his stellar career short in 1986. Some highlights of his great ten-year career in the majors are

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