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Richard William "Dickie" Thon (born June 20, 1958 in South Bend, Indianamarker) is a former shortstop in Major League Baseball. Thon was raised in Puerto Rico after spending only the first two weeks of his life in Indiana where his father had just completed a bachelor's degree at the University of Notre Damemarker. He was signed by the California Angels as an amateur free agent on November 23, 1975 while in high school in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. During his 15-year career, Thon spent two seasons with the Angels (1979-1980), seven seasons with the Houston Astros (1981-1987), one season with the San Diego Padres (1988), three seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies (1989-1991), one season with the Texas Rangers (1992), and finished his career with the Milwaukee Brewers (1993).

Touted by some as a future Hall of Famer, his career was permanently altered on April 8, 1984, when he was hit in the face by a Mike Torrez fastball. [108961]The pitch broke the orbital bone around his left eye and ended his 1984 season. He returned in 1985, but suffered from problems with depth perception that permanently hampered his potential. In 1991, Thon received the Tony Conigliaro Award in recognition of his recovery from this severe injury.

Thon is a third-generation baseball player. He is the grandson of Freddie Thon (a native Puerto Rican who played and managed in the Puerto Rican Baseball League during World War II). His father Freddie Thon who signed a major-league contract but injured his arm before reporting to training, played semi-pro baseball while finishing college at Notre Dame, and coached all of his sons throughout their Little League and teenage years. Dickie's brother Frankie Thon is also affiliated with major league baseball in both the U.S. and Puerto Rico having been a player, a manager and a current major-league scout, as well as the general manager of the Caguas Criollos in the Puerto Rican Winter Leagues.

Thon's son, Dickie Joe Thon, has committed to play baseball at Rice University and is expected to begin his freshman year in the fall of 2010. He may also be chosen in the June 2010 baseball draft.

Dickie Thon was inducted into the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame on September 13 2003.

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