Fred Thomas (thomafr02)
Frederick Harvey Thomas (Tommy)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 160 lb.
- Debut April 22, 1918
- Final Game August 9, 1920
- Born December 19, 1892 in Milwaukee, WI USA
- Died January 15, 1986 in Rice Lake, WI USA
He was a teammate of Babe Ruth the pitcher in 1918. He also served in the military during part of 1918.
The Athletics purchased him during the off-season and he became the regular third baseman for the 1919 Philadelphia Athletics, playing next to Joe Dugan, who would later be the third baseman for the 1927 Yankees. Thomas was four years older than Dugan.
After being the regular third baseman for half the season for the 1920 Athletics, Fred was traded for Red Shannon, who played some shortstop for the Athletics during the rest of 1920. Third base for the team was manned by Joe Dugan and Jimmie Dykes. Thomas, for his part, appeared in only three games for the 1920 Washington Senators during the remainder of the season.
After his baseball days ended in 1924, Thomas, who had been born in Wisconsin, set up a resort with his wife in northern Wisconsin. The Fred Thomas Resort continues to be operated by the Thomas family in Birchwood, WI.
The book When Boston Still Had the Babe contains a biography of Fred Thomas.