James Leroy Thomas
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 198 lb.
- High School Beaumont High School (St. Louis)
- Debut April 22, 1961
- Final Game September 27, 1968
- Born February 5, 1936 in Peoria, IL USA
He managed the GCL Red Birds in 1973 and the Modesto Reds in 1974. He spent two seasons (1972 and 1983) as a St. Louis Cardinals coach and was Farm Director from 1983 to 1988. Thomas was General Manager of the Philadelphia Phillies from 1988 to 1997. In 2012-2014 he is a Special Assistant to the Executive Vice-President of Baseball Operations for the Baltimore Orioles.
Nicknamed "Mad Dog" for his temper, "Thomas was playing golf with a sportswriter one day in 1961 when he became angered over a poor shot and hurled his driver with such force it tore through a chain-link fence." - from Ross Newhan's The Anaheim Angels: A Complete History.
- 1961 Topps All-Star Rookie Team
- AL All-Star (1962)
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 3 (1961, 1962 & 1965)
- 100 RBI Seasons: 1 (1962)
|Philadelphia Phillies General Manager
- Hits, doubleheader, 9, 9/5/61 (tied)