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Lafayette Fresco Thompson (June 6, 1902 in Centrevillemarker, Alabamamarker - November 20, 1968 in Fullertonmarker, Californiamarker) was a Major League Baseball second baseman and executive.

After brief appearances with the Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Giants, Thompson was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in when the Giants obtained Rogers Hornsby. A right-handed hitter and thrower, he had his most productive years with the Phils, playing in their bandbox ballpark, Baker Bowlmarker, twice hitting over .300. Overall, he batted .298 in 669 games played and 2,560 at bats over nine National League seasons (1925-32; 1934).

After his playing days, Thompson managed in the minor leagues and in he became an assistant farm director for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Thompson moved up the executive ladder, and survived the front-office purge that followed Branch Rickey's departure in October . During the shakeup, Thompson became a vice president and the team's second-ranking baseball executive, responsible for all minor league operations, while another VP, Buzzie Bavasi, assumed control of the big-league Dodgers' operations.

Thompson continued in that role after the Dodgers moved to Los Angelesmarker in . When Bavasi left to become president of the expansion San Diego Padres in June , Thompson became the Dodgers' executive vice president and general manager; however, weeks after his promotion, Thompson was diagnosed with cancer, and he died in November at the age of 66.

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