A two-time all star, Thornton mashed 253 home runs during a career that lasted 14 seasons. He came up with the Chicago Cubs in 1973 but saw action in just 17 games. He hit 10 home runs in 107 games the following season and belted 18 in 120 games in 1975. The Cubs dealt him to the Montreal Expos in 1976, but injuries limited his production. Montreal turned around and traded him to the Cleveland Indians the following season and Thorton’s career took off. He hit 28 home runs in 1977, then blasted 33 while driving in 105 runs in 1978. He finished 20th in the MVP vote that season. He earned his first trip to the All-Star Game in 1982, a year that saw him set a career-high in RBIs (116) as he hit 32 round trippers. He was an all star again in 1984. He hit 33 home runs and drove in 99 runs that season as he won his lone Silver Slugger. Thornton hit 39 more home runs for the Tribe over the next two seasons, but his average began to suffer and by 1987 he was no longer effective at the plate, brining an end to his career.
For his career, Thornton was a .254 hitter with 895 RBIs, 244 doubles and 792 runs scored. He walked more times (876) than he struck out (851). He is a member of the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame. He was also honored as one of the 100 Greatest Indians.
Andre Thornton – career stats