Frank Thomas is a former Major League Baseball player who played for the Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, and Toronto Blue Jays. He was a two-time American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) and a five-time AL All-Star who hit 521 home runs during his 19-year career. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014.
Frank Thomas was born on May 27, 1968 in Columbus, Georgia. He was an athletic child, playing football, basketball, and baseball in high school. He was also an honor student, graduating with a 3.5 GPA. Thomas attended Auburn University, where he played college baseball and majored in business management. He was drafted in 1989 by the Chicago White Sox in the first round of the Major League Baseball (MLB) draft.
Thomas made his MLB debut with the White Sox in 1990. He quickly established himself as one of the league’s elite hitters, earning the nickname “The Big Hurt.” In his career, he won the AL MVP award in 1993 and 1994, was a five-time AL All-Star, and was a four-time AL Silver Slugger. He played for the White Sox until 2005, when he was traded to the Oakland Athletics. He played for the Athletics until 2007, when he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays. He played for the Blue Jays until his retirement in 2008.
After retirement, Thomas returned to Auburn University to finish his degree. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in business management in 2010. He has since been involved in a number of business and charitable endeavors. He is currently a spokesperson for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and is a board member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He also serves as a special assistant to the White Sox, providing instruction to the team’s minor league players.
Frank Thomas is one of the most successful and respected players in Major League Baseball history. His impressive career accomplishments, combined with his dedication to the community, make him an example for aspiring baseball players across the country.