Thompson spent 13 seasons playing in the majors, breaking in with the Atlanta Braves in 1984 and finishing with the Colorado Rockies in 1996. In between he had many productive seasons for the Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals. He also spent time with the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers. In 1,359 games, Thompson hit .274 with 47 home runs and 214 stolen bases. What was arguably his best season came in 1987 as a member of the Phillies. Thompson hit .302 that year and scored 86 runs while stealing 46 bases. His numbers were good enough to earn him 17th place in the National League MVP vote. He finished 17th in the MVP vote again two years later, this time as a St. Louis Cardinal. Thompson hit .290 with 27 steals in 1989. He enjoyed two more good years, hitting .307 in 1991 and .293 in 1992, but his average and his stolen bases began to decline after that. He remained in the majors as a reserve outfielder for the next three seasons before retiring.
On April 23, 1993, with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning of a 5-2 game, Thompson took a would-be grand slam away from San Diego Padre Bob Geren by leaping high above the Jack Murphy Stadium left field fence and catching Geren’s fly ball. There is a very vivid description of the catch on Thompson’s Wikipedia page, which you can see here.
Thompson played for the Phillies in the 1993 World Series. He was the team’s starting left fielder and hit .294 with a home run and six RBI in six games. The Phillies, however, lost to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Milt Thompson – career stats