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As a sophomore, he hit cleanup for the baseball team, which won a state championship.
As a senior, he not only hit. He wanted desperately to win a contract to play professional baseball, but was not selected in the amateur draft. People have misunderstood me for some reason. I was always one of the most competitive kids around. During the summer of he played for the U.
The Games coincided with the beginning of football practice back at Auburn, so he left the Pan Am team and returned to college—only to be injured twice in early season football games. Despite the injury that could have jeopardized his football scholarship, Auburn continued his funding, and baseball became his sole sport.
He won consideration for the U. National Team — preparing for the Summer Olympics — but was cut from the final squad. By the end of his junior baseball season he had hit 19 home runs, 19 doubles, and batted.
Thomas concluded his college career with 49 home runs, a school record. He hit the home run off pitcher Gary Wayne in the top of the ninth inning as his team lost 12—6. InThomas finished third in MVP voting with a. He won the first of four Silver Slugger Awardsand led the league in on-base percentagesomething he would accomplish four times during his career.
InThomas batted. On the back of this historic offensive output, Thomas collected all 28 votes from baseball writers for a unanimous AL Most Valuable Player award, the first by a White Sox player since Dick Allen inwhile leading the White Sox to their first AL West crown in 10 years.
At the time, statistical analyst Bill James projected career statistics of homers and a. In another 30 years, we may be talking about Frank Thomas in the same way we talk about Ted Williams. Thomas handily won his second consecutive MVP award, taking 24 of 28 first-place votes.
He is one of only three first basemen in history to win consecutive MVP awards in the major leagues Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx, —, and Albert Pujols—, are the others. Not since had any player finished the regular season first in average, home runs, and runs batted in.
Thomas had recorded 32 home runs at the All-Star break, and was contending for the honor when the strike occurred. Pressed by the media to comment on his accomplishments—and his future—Thomas downplayed his own significance, telling the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Inhe hit.
Later years — [ edit ] Thomas on August 17, From toThomas finished in the top 10 of the MVP voting every year. InThomas won the batting title and finished third in MVP voting. However, due in part to personal strife off the field, his offensive production wavered during the next two seasons.
Never a defensive standout at first base during the early part of his career, Thomas nonetheless preferred playing in the field to serving as a designated hittersaying that it kept him focused; the fact that he did generally hit better as a first baseman created a dilemma over the years for the White Sox as to whether to use him as a DH, which would reduce wear on his body but might cost some offensive production.
By the late s, minor injuries were tending to keep him unavailable for short periods, and was the last year in which he played more in the field than as a DH. Thomas rebounded with force in when he hit. But this would not mean an end to the rocky path he would follow later in his career.
Inafter his father died, Thomas also announced during the same week that he would undergo season-ending surgery after an MRI revealed a triceps tear in his right arm. He was distraught from the combined impact of both personal and professional strife. But his power and ability to get on base and drive in runs were still in his offensive arsenal.
Always a patient hitter, Thomas led the AL in walks four times. Through the end of the season, he 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 had another solid season in InThomas again suffered injury, but hit 12 home runs in at bats over 35 games, demonstrating his continued power at the plate. Adding together andhe had fewer than total at bats because of injuries, but hit 30 home runs and drew 80 walks.
Thomas was not on the post-season roster of the Series-winning team due to injury, but the team honored his perennial contributions to the franchise during Game 1 of the Division Series against the Boston Red Sox.Articles and galleries about the latest celebrity news, breaking stories, and Hollywood exclusives from PEOPLE.
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