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Crosby School standout Thompson enters UMaine Hall of Fame

Thompson helped lead UMaine to 1964 College World Series
By Staff | Sep 06, 2017
Courtesy of: UMaine Athletics David Thompson was a standout athlete at Crosby High School in Belfast in the early 1960s, playing football, basketball and baseball for the Lions. He later played for this University of Maine in Orono baseball team.

Orono — David Thompson was a standout athlete at Crosby High School in Belfast in the early 1960s, as he played football, basketball and baseball for the Lions.

However, his athletic prowess did not end in Waldo County as Thompson went on to become a mainstay on the baseball team for the University of Maine, helping lead the Black Bears to an improbable third-place finish at the 1964 College World Series.

Ultimately, his performance on the diamond as a Black Bear would go down in history. And now, Thompson is set to be honored for those efforts.

Thompson, along with other standout Black Bear athletes, coaches and contributors, will be honored on Friday, Sept. 8 when they are inducted into the University of Maine Athletic Hall of Fame.

The event will be at the Black Bear Inn in Orono.

Joining Thompson are former NFL player Mike DeVito, record-setting swimmer Charles “Chuck” Martin, cross-country and track and field standout Dan Rearick, men’s assistant ice hockey coach Grant Standbrook, sports announcer Gary Thorne, track-and-field star Vicki Tolton and softball player Ashley Waters.

The 1993 University of Maine men’s ice hockey team — which won the NCAA Division I championship that year — also will be honored at the banquet.

Thompson, who played third base, batted .315 in the College World Series, and hit safely in all five games. His efforts earned him a spot at the hot corner on the all-tournament team and nearly a spot in the national championship game before Maine was edged in a tough 2-1 loss to Missouri.

Maine earned the right to advance to the College World Series by virtue of winning the District I crown, as the Black Bears beat Northeastern in back-to-back games at Fenway Park in Boston, Mass.

Maine defeated Seton Hall 5-1 before falling to eventual champion Minnesota via a 12-0 loss.

Maine went on to defeat Arizona State 4-2 and edged Southern California 2-1.

Then, as Maine, Missouri and Minnesota sported identical 3-1 records, Minnesota won the tiebreaker and advanced to the title game, with Maine and Missouri to play for the right to play Minnesota for the national championship.

Nicknamed “Zippy,” Thompson also was a captain for the Black Bears. At Crosby High School, Thompson was a quarterback in football in the fall, a guard in basketball in the winter and a catcher in the spring until he switched to the infield as a senior.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Jon Jenckes | Sep 08, 2017 10:01

Was with David in high school, Crosby, David deserved this honor and my standing applause  is included/



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