Chuck Tompkins Excerpts

The following are contemporary newspaper excerpts concerning Chuck Tompkins.


"Pitcher Thompkins of the Arkansas University baseball team, held the Missouri Normal players, of Springfield, Mo., hitless and runless in a game here today. The score was 5 to 0."1

"The Fort Smith club, of the Western Association, has signed pitcher G. H. Thompkins, of Arkansas University."2

"Thompkins, the pitcher who made a record as a pitcher for the University of Arkansas, has been added to the Fort Smith twirling staff."3

"Pitcher Charles Thompkins, the college twirler with the Fort Smith Western Association team last spring, has been sold to Manager Riggs of the Memphis club. Thompkins has made a remarkable record since entering professional ball, although out of the game part of this season because of an injury to his pitching hand."4

"June 10. -President Herrmann of the Cincinnati Nationals has secured Charles H. Tompkins, a promising young southern pitcher, for his team. Tompkins pitched for Arkansas university last year and this year for Washington and Lee university."5

"The Cincinnati Club has signed pitcher Charles H. Tompkins, of the Washington and Lee University baseball team."6

"The other day a collegian by the name of Tompkins blew in from Arkansas. He was pronounced a pretty good amateur, nothing more."7

"Cincinnati has signed a collegian pitcher named Thompkins. A year ago he got a short trial with Memphis, but was not signed on the showing he made." 8

"O'Day . . . put in another young fellow, Tompkins, who has been with the big fellows long enough to wear off the newness. Tompkins managed to finish the game."9

"Pitcher Thompkins, the tall youngster from the semi-pro ranks, has been given his unconditional release by Cincinnati"10

"This fellow Tompkins, who finished the game in which Keefe and Cramer got theirs, seems to have something after all. It was his first appearance in a championship game with the Reds, and he handled himself in a mighty promising manner. He had something on the ball all the time, and got by for several innings in good shape. So promising has his work that Manager O’Day has reconsidered his determination to send him back to Arkansas and will keep him around a while longer in hope that he will learn enough by observing to combine with his natural skill and become a real sure enough pitcher." 11

"Charles Thompkins, a pitcher who recently joined the Cincinnati Reds, is a guileless youth, who looks like anything but a ball player. Some of the boys say he looks more like a Siberian crocodile, but there ain't no such animal. Mr. Thompkins, when he came to join the club, wandered for several hours before he located the hotal. When Hank O'Day wanted to know why he didn't ask a policeman, Mr. Thompkins explained that where he came from, nobody ever spoke to a policeman unless he wanted to surrender himself for some misdemeanor, and he, Mr. Thompkins, has not been misdemeaning any."12

"Pitcher, Tompkins has been given his walking papers by the Reds. He has failed to show anything like big league form. He will be sent to Toronto, where Harry Gasper, another ex-Red, is pitching."13

"Pitcher Tompkins joined the Leafs yesterday"14

"July 29. -Tompkins, a young college pitcher, secured from the Cincinnati Club, was tried out in the second inning [by Toronto] and did very well until the seventh, when he passed three batters and allowed a hit."15

"President McCaffery has let Pitcher Tompkins, secured from Cincinnati, go home to prepare for the opening of the college at which he is studying law. Tompkins, however, will be on deck next spring."16

"Charles Herbert Tompkins, Prescott, Arkansas. B.A., University of Arkansas. There may be a few better all-round men in Washington and Lee than Tompkins, but they have not shown themselves. He is an exponent of a sound mind in a sound body. Whether it's Law or "Student Activities" he is always able to “deliver the goods.” The Senior Law Class has honored itself no less than it has honored him in making him its president. President Senior Law Class 1913, Pitcher Baseball Team 1912, Monogram Club."17

"Pitcher Tompkins made his first appearance of the season, and it was a short stay he made. Montreal chased him to the club house after one had been retired in the fourth, with 13 safeties --alked against him."18

"Pitcher Tompkins was on Saturday [6/14] unconditionally released."19

"Pitcher Tompkins, of Washington and Lee University, reported to Toronto last week. He was with Toronto last Fall."20

"Pitcher Tompkins, the Washington and Lee University man, has failed with Toronto and is allowed to go to Utica in the New York State League."21

"Charles H. Tompkins, the senior member of the law firm of Tompkins, McKenzie, McRae &, Vasser, died in Nevada County Hospital in Prescott on September 20. Mr. Tompkins, son Of the late William V. Tompkins and Helen Poe Tompkins, was born in Prescott on September 1,1889, and made his home in Prescott all of his life. He and Miss Hazel Scott, who preceded him in death, were married in November 1914. Two children, Martha Tompkins Felder of San Antonio, Texas, and Chas. H. Tompkins, Jr., of Carthage, Missouri, were born to their marriage, and survive. Mr. Tompkins also left surviving four grandchildren, John Lawson Felder, Jr., Charles Tompkins Felder, Martha McNerney Tompkins, and Thomas Charles Tompkins; two great-grandchildren, Courtney Meredith Felder and Melanie Sue Felder; and two nieces, Mrs. Carl Dalrymple, Sr., and Miss Katherine Buchanan. Mr. Tompkins was graduated from the University of Arkansas and later attended Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, where he obtained his law degree in 1914. He was an outstanding pitcher on the baseball team of each school and later played professional baseball with Toronto, Canada, of the International League and the Cincinnati Reds of the National League. Mr. Tompkins was admitted to the Arkansas Bar in 1914 and shortly thereafter commenced the practice of law in Prescott with the firm of McRae & Tompkins, which was then composed of his father, W. V. Tompkins, late Thomas C. McRae, and the late Duncan L. McRae. He was engaged in the active practice of law in Prescott from then until his death, a period of more than 60 years. He was an elder of First Presbyterian Church of Prescott at the time of his death and for more than 50 years and taught the Men's Bible class and was a member of the choir of that church for many years. For all of his life he was an ardent hunter and fisherman. Funeral services were held at First Presbyterian Church in Prescott Sunday afternoon, September 21, with the Rev. Jerry Westmoreland officiating. Pallbearers were his law partners and business associates, Horace McKenzie, B. A. Warren, Roland Gulp, James H. McKenzie, Glenn Vasser, and Duncan L. McRae. Burial was in DeAnn Cemetery."22
1 Kansas City Star, 3/25/1911
2 Sporting Life, 6/17/1911
3 The Sporting News, 6/22/1911
4 Dallas Morning News, 10/2/1911
5 Idaho Statesman, 6/11/1912
6 Sporting Life, 6/15/1912
7 The Sporting News, 6/20/1912
8 Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette, 6/22/1912
9 Chicago Tribune, 6/26/1912
10 Sporting Life, 6/29/1912
11 The Sporting News, 7/4/1912
12 Idaho Statesman, 7/21/1912
13 Hamilton Evening Journal, 7/25/1912
14 The Toronto World, 7/27/1912
15 Sporting Life, 8/10/1912
16 The Sporting News, 8/25/1912
17 Washington and Lee University 1913 Yearbook
18 The Toronto World, 6/12/1913
19 The Toronto World, 6/16/1913
20 Sporting Life, 6/21/1913
21 The Sporting News, 6/26/1913
22 Hope Star, 9/24/1975