Sunday, May 3, 2015

#95 Frank Thomas

Frank Thomas, Chicago Cubs

Did you know? (Stuff from the 'net)  As a teen, before playing the game professionally, Thomas entered a seminary in Niagara Falls, Ontario, to study for the priesthood. He eventually chose baseball. He was nicknamed "The Big Donkey" by fellow players, in part for his less-than-stellar people skills.

Notable Achievements:

  • 3-time NL All-Star (1954, 1955 & 1958)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 9 (1953-1958 & 1960-1962)
  • 30-Home Run Seasons: 3 (1953, 1958 & 1962)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 2 (1953 & 1958)

In 1960: Thomas, in his first and only full year as a Cub, hit .238 with 21 homers and 64 RBI in 135 games. It was a below average season for him as he was into the second half of his career. He was involved in a trade the previous December as he was traded by the Cincinnati Reds to the Chicago Cubs for Bill Henry, Lou Jackson and Lee Walls.

The Card: Just a bit below the average condition for the large lot I bought to kick off the set. Call it Fair. Polo Grounds shot showing him in his Reds uni, his prior club.

His 1959 Card Page

His personal webpage

Frank Thomas' SABR bio

Frank Thomas' career at Baseball Reference

1 comment:

  1. "The Original Frank Thomas", as I've seen him refer to himself...