May 27, 1968 in
Frank Edward Thomas
Major League Debut:
August 2, 1990
“The Big Hurt”
Chicago White Sox
Teams Played For:
Chicago White Sox (16 seasons), Oakland A's (1), Blue Jays (1)
Post Season Awards:
American League All-Star (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997)
Major League Player of the Year (1993)
American League MVP (1993, 1994)
American League Silver Sluggers (1991, 1993, 1994, 2000)
Regarded by many as one of the best pure hitters in baseball's history, Thomas is the only player in major league history to have seven consecutive seasons of a .300 average, a .400 on-base percentage, a .500 slugging percentage and at least 100 walks, 100 runs, 100 runs batted in, and 20 home runs (from 1991 to 1997).
In Thomas's first full season, 1991, he finished third in MVP voting with a .318 batting average and 32 home runs. He won the first of four Silver Slugger awards, and led the league in on-base percentage, something he has done four times. Thomas has always been one of the most patient hitters in baseball, leading the American League in walks four times. Through the end of the 2006 season, Thomas was second among all active players in walks and third in on-base percentage, and ranked among the top 20 lifetime in both categories.
Thomas is one of only two first basemen in history to win consecutive Most Valuable Player awards in the major leagues (Hall-of-Famer Jimmie Foxx is the other, in 1932–33). Thomas accomplished this feat in the 1993 and 1994 seasons. From 1991–1997, Thomas finished in the top 10 of the MVP voting every year. In 1997, Thomas won the batting title and finished third in MVP voting.
On June 28, 2007, Frank Thomas became the 21st member of the 500 Home Run Club, by hitting a 1st inning home run at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome; coincidentally Thomas hit his first home run of his career there back on August 28, 1990.
Thomas is on a short list of elite players who have hit 500 home runs while maintaining a career .300 batting average, and accrue at least 1600 bases on balls. He was also the first player in Major League history to win two silver slugger awards each at two different positions (1991 & 2000 at first base; 1993-94 as designated hitter).
Home Run Milestone
500th Home Run: http://wapc.mlb.com/play/?content_id=7167515&query=Frank%2BThomas%2B500%2BHome%2BRun