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Note: This page links to Frank Thomas, the major league outfielder who played from 1951 to 1966. For the longtime first baseman with the Chicago White Sox in the 1990s and 2000s, click here.

Frank Joseph Thomas

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 3", Weight 205 lb.

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[edit] Biographical Information

Playing in the Minors with the Tallahassee Pirates

Frank Thomas was a slugger and three-time All Star who hit 286 home runs in his career. People tend to call him "The original Frank Thomas" or "The white Frank Thomas" to distinguish him from the Frank Thomas of the same name who would decades later also become a star.

His best season was 1958 when he was second in the National League in home runs, and fourth in the MVP voting. Ironically, his next best season was with the fledgling and inept New York Mets in 1962, when he hit 34 homers with 95 RBI.

Thomas played on two of the worst teams in major-league history. Thomas had 21 at bats while playing in the outfield for the 1952 Pittsburgh Pirates, which finished 42-112. Thomas spent eight seasons in Pittsburgh, losing over 100 games three times. In 1959, one season removed from Thomas' first on a winning team, he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds. After stints with the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Braves, Thomas was traded to the 1962 New York Mets. He played outfield, third and first for the Mets, which finished 40-120.

After 16 seasons in the majors, Thomas had played on seven teams that lost more than 100 games and 10 teams that lost more than 90. He was a member of five teams that finished with a better than .500 record, but spent an entire season with only one of those teams - the 1958 Pittsburgh Pirates.

He was nicknamed "The Big Donkey" by fellow players, in part for his less-than-stellar people skills.

According to Bill James's win shares, he was the worst fielding third baseman ever - at least among those among the top 300 in innings played at third. In 1965, he got in an on-field fight with teammate Dick Allen before a game and was sold to the Houston Astros the next day for his actions in starting the fight. This would be the first of many controversies centering around Allen.

According to the similarity scores method, the most similar player to Thomas - as a hitter - was Bobby Thomson.

[edit] Famous Last

Made last putout at the Polo Grounds when it was the venue for the New York Giants, September 29, 1957.

[edit] 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)

[edit] Further Reading

  • Frank Thomas (as told to Tom Capezzuto): "The Game I'll Never Forget", Baseball Digest (June 1989), pp. 45-48. [1]

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