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Frank Thomas announced his retirement Friday after an outstanding career with the Chicago White Sox. He split his last few seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays and Oakland Athletics, but in the public eye he was and always will be a member of the White Sox.
The Big Hurt was one of the most feared sluggers in the game for many years. His power numbers were awesome – 521 home runs, 1,704 runs batted in – and had a .301 career batting average.
As far as I know, he’s never been associated with the steroid scandal that has tarnished so many players of his era. Methinks Cooperstown will come calling for Mr. Thomas in five years.
2 thoughts on “The Big Hurt hangs up the spikes”
Hi, Two things: First, I agree that Frank Thomas is a first-ballot Hall of Famer, and was surprisingly underrated during his career. Second, I noticed that you said you are of Slovak ancestry on your Twitter updates. I am, too! My grandparents settled in Havistraw, NY about a century ago, then moved to CT. Anyway, glad I found your blog. I’ll settle in and follow your future posts. Bill (ondeckcircle.wordpress.com)
Thanks very much for the comments. I’ve just started researching family history on ancestry.com, and the Slovak line will likely be the hardest to pursue. I’ll be a regular reader of your blog, too. It’s a pleasure to hear from you.