A three-time all star, Thomas blasted 286 home runs during 16 years in the majors. He arrived in the big leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1951 but saw action in just 45 games over the next two seasons. He was a starter for the Pirates in 1953 and he responded by hitting 30 home runs to go along with 102 RBIs. He was an all star the next two seasons, and received MVP votes in 1953, 1954, 1955 and 1957. He had his best year in 1958 as he hit .281 with 35 home runs and 109 RBIs, setting career highs in both these categories as well as runs scored (89). Thomas made his third all-star team that year while finishing fourth in the MVP vote. He left Pittsburgh and went to the Cincinnati Reds in 1959. The move began a period where Thomas bounced around the National League. From 1959 until the end of his career in 1966, Thomas played for the Reds, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Braves, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Houston Astros, then back to the Braves and finally the Cubs before he called it quits.
Thomas and I had a fairly memorable correspondence in the summer of 2016 which involved multiple letters from each of us as he was trying to raise money for his charity and I was trying to get more information for this site. He always signed off as Frank Thomas “The Original One” which I will never forget.
For his career, Thomas hit .266 with 962 RBIs in 1766 major league games.
Frank Thomas – career stats