Big Frank is still a big hit Print E-mail
Written by Fred Mitchell   
Tuesday, 22 February 2011

This summer the Chicago White Sox are planning to dedicate a statue of Frank Thomas, a prominent member of the 500 Home Run Club.

 

One of the game’s all-time great right-handed hitters, Thomas slugged 521 homers during his 19-year career, mostly with the White Sox, as a first baseman and designated hitter.

“I was really focused when I played. I just wanted to be good on a day-to-day basis,” Thomas said after the White Sox held a special day for him at U.S. Cellular Field. “For 10 or 12 years, I was too consumed with that. I think as I got older I got a little bit wiser and started to relax a little bit more and I had a little bit more fun. But my first  12 years in this league, I was really just focused on being the best day in and day out.”

Known as “The Big Hurt,” Thomas has Hall of Fame credentials with a .301 career batting average, 1,704 RBIs and a career on-base percentage of .419.

“I am praying that I get there. It’s a huge, huge honor….coming from where I came from. I worked my butt off,” said Thomas.

 





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