May 27, 1968 – Frank Thomas born in Columbus, Georgia
June 5, 1989 – Frank Thomas drafted 7th overall (out of Auburn) in first round of 1989 MLB Draft
August 2, 1990 – MLB Debut – 0 for 4 with RBI at Milwaukee (Game 1 of doubleheader). First PA was flyout vs Teddy Higuera. Knocked in GW run with a fielder’s choice off Randy Veres in top of 9th.
August 3, 1990 – First Major League hit – a 2-run triple off Mark Knudson in 7th inning at Milwaukee
August 28, 1990 – First career HR. Solo HR at Metrodome off Gary Wayne in 9th inning
September 27, 1990 – First career Major League home run in Chicago (at Comiskey Park)
September 28, 1990 – Thomas hits the last White Sox home run at old Comiskey Park (off Randy Johnson)
June 24, 1991 – First career Grand Slam – off Michael Jackson of Mariners at New Comiskey Park
July 15, 1991 – First career multi-HR game – both off Mike Gardiner of the Red Sox at New Comiskey Park
September 28, 1991 – 128th walk of season, breaking Lu Blue’s club record set 60 years prior. Thomas finished with 138.
September 16, 1992 – Lone career 5-hit game (in this game, Don Mattingly took a handful of some kid’s popcorn on a pop foul by Tim Raines)
August 31, 1993 – 100th career HR – off Sterling Hitchcock at Yankee Stadium
September 1, 1993 – 38th HR of season (at Yankee Stadium off Scott Kamieniecki), setting a new White Sox record (breaking record previously held by Dick Allen & Carlton Fisk)
September 5, 1993 – 40th HR of season – first player in White Sox history to reach 40. Thomas finished with 41.
October 5, 1993 – First career postseason game. He reached base 5 times. (1 for 1 with 4 walks) in Game 1 of 1993 ALCS vs Blue Jays at New Comiskey Park
October 9, 1993 – First career postseason home run. Game 4 of 1993 ALCS vs Blue Jays at Skydome off Todd Stottlemyre
November 10, 1993 – Thomas named American League MVP by the BBWAA
April 19, 1994 – Home Run for the 5th straight game. It’s the first of two 5-game HR streaks in 1994
May 29, 1994 – Home Run for the 5th straight game. It’s his second 5-game HR streak of the season.
October 26, 1994 – Thomas named American League MVP by the BBWAA for the second straight season
July 10, 1995 – Won 1995 Home Run Derby at The Ballpark in Arlington, Texas
July 11, 1995 – First All-Star Home Run in White Sox history (at The Ballpark in Arlington, Texas)
March 31, 1996 – Frank Thomas hits the first regular season home run in March in MLB history (off Randy Johnson)
May 15, 1996 – Career-high 6 RBI (first of two times he did it) in 20-8 win vs Brewers in Milwaukee
June 9, 1996 – 200th career HR – off Jimmy Haynes at Oriole Park at Camden Yards
September 15, 1996 – first career 3-HR game (all three off Tim Wakefield); the first of which is career HR #215, passing Carlton Fisk for most HR in White Sox history
May 20, 1997 – Thomas reaches base for the 15th straight plate appearance (HR, 1B, BB, 2B, 2B, BB, 1B, BB, 1B, 1B, 1B, 1B, 2B, BB, BB)
July 14, 1998 – First career walkoff HR (off Rick Aguilera of the Twins)
June 15, 1999 – Extended his hitting streak to 21 games – a career-best. He reached base 44 times during the 21-game stretch (33 hits, 10 walks, 1 HBP)
August 7, 1999 – 300th career HR – off Kevin Appier at the Oakland Coliseum
July 15, 2000 – Career-high 6 RBI (second of two times he did it) in 15-7 win vs Cardinals at New Comiskey Park
July 23, 2002 – 495’ home run off Johan Santana in Chicago. His longest home run at New Comiskey Park/Guaranteed Rate Field
July 2, 2003 – Second career Walkoff HR – off Eddie Guardado of the Twins
July 25, 2003 – 400th career HR – off Jorge Sosa of the Rays at US Cellular Field
August 4, 2003 - 2,000th career hit – a home run off Nate Field of the Royals at US Cellular Field
August 18, 2003 – Third career Walkoff HR – off Jarrod Washburn of the Angels
July 18, 2005 – 448th and final home run in a White Sox uniform (448 remains a franchise record)
July 20, 2005 – Last game in a White Sox uniform. He went 1 for 4 (single off Nate Robertson) in 8-6 loss vs Tigers at US Cellular Field
May 22, 2006 – First game AGAINST the White sox. He homers twice at US Cellular Field (2 solo HR off Jon Garland) but the White Sox win 5-4
July 6, 2006 – Fourth and final career walkoff HR (only one not in a White Sox uniform). With Oakland A’s off Scot Shields of the Angels
September 11, 2006 – Home Run for the sixth straight game (with the Oakland A’s); his career-long streak
October 3, 2006 – His lone career postseason multi-HR game. In his first postseason game not in a White Sox uniform (with A’s – vs Twins at Metrodome)
June 28, 2007 – 500th career HR (with Blue Jays – off Carlos Silva at the Metrodome)
September 17, 2007 – Second of 2 career 3-HR games. This game was with Toronto Blue Jays. Tim Wakefield allowed the first 2 (Wakefield allowed all 3 of his HR 9/15/1996)
August 9, 2008 – 521st and final career HR (with Oakland A’s) – off Armando Galarraga at Comerica Park
August 29, 2008 – Final MLB game – he went 2 for 4 vs Twins at the Oakland Coliseum. His final hit was off Kevin Slowey; final plate appearance was strikeout vs Craig Breslow
February 12, 2010 – Held press conference at US Cellular Field to formally announce his retirement
August 29, 2010 – White Sox retire #35 on Frank Thomas Day at US Cellular Field
January 8, 2014 – Thomas elected to the Hall of Fame
July 27, 2014 – Inducted into the Hall of Fame, along with Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa & Joe Torre
50 Frank Thomas fun facts
- 521 career Home Runs.
Tied for 20th in MLB history with Willie McCovey & Ted Williams
One of 27 players in MLB history with 500+ Home Runs
- Thomas had 11 career grand slams
- 7 extra-inning home runs is a White Sox franchise record.
- Thomas holds the White Sox season record for both
Home runs at home (30 in 2000)
Home Runs on the road (25 in 1995)
- Thomas homered against every MLB team except the Pirates
- Thomas homered more against the Twins (52 HR) than any other team
- Thomas had 2 career pinch hit home runs. Both times he pinch hit for pitchers. Jim Parque & Luis Vizcaino
- Thomas hit 3 triples before he hit his first Major League home run.
He’s one of two 500-HR club members with 3 or more triples before hitting his first HR. The other one is Reggie Jackson (4 triples before first HR)
- Thomas had 3 triples in his first 17 MLB games.
Thomas had 9 triples in his remaining 2,305 MLB games.
- Thomas was born the same day as Jeff Bagwell. They both won 1994 MVP awards.
- Thomas (1993-94) was the first to win American League MVP in consecutive seasons since Roger Maris in 1960-61. Only Miguel Cabrera (2012-13) has done it since.
- Thomas’s .419 career On-Base percentage is the best by any right-handed hitter alive (with at least 100 career Major League plate apperances).
- His last 162 games in a White Sox uniform: .254/.387/.566, 104 Runs, 47 Home Runs, 121 RBI
- Thomas (the White Sox 1989 first round pick) and Alex Fernandez (the White Sox 1990 first round pick)
made their Major League debuts in the same game (August 2, 1990 – game 1 of doubleheader at Milwaukee)
- Frank Thomas had 9 seasons with 100 Runs, 100 RBI and 100 Walks. Only three players had more.
Babe Ruth (11), Lou Gehrig (11) and Barry Bonds (10)
- 521 career HR x 4 bases per HR x 90 feet per base = 187,560 feet. Or roughly 35.52 Miles. Thomas’s #35 is retired by the White Sox.
- Thomas collected his 500th career home run the same day Craig Biggio collected his 3,000th career hit. June 28, 2007
- Thomas collected his 300th career home run the same day Wade Boggs collected his 3,000th career hit. August 7, 1999
- Thomas hit the last White Sox home run at Old Comiskey Park (9/28/1990) and the first White Sox home run at New Comiskey Park (4/22/1991)
- Thomas also had the first White Sox home run at five other parks.
Oriole Park at Camden Yards (5/8/1992), Progressive Field (7/21/1994), Rangers Ballpark (5/13/1994), Tropicana Field (4/4/1998) & Minute Maid Park (6/2/2000)
- In 14 career games on his birthday, Thomas hit .468/.583/.766 with 2 HR, 10 RBI, 22 Hits & 13 Walks
- From 1951-present, 1,109 players have appeared in at least one game with the White Sox** One has won a batting title for the White Sox. Frank Thomas (.347 in 1997)
(prior to Thomas, Luke Appling won two batting titles – 1936 & 1943. His last game with the Sox was 1950)
**through May 24, 2018
- In 1997, Frank Thomas hit .417/.524/.748 in 185 PA with RISP.
He had 39 walks. Only 14 strikeouts.
- Frank Thomas had 3 receptions for 45 yards as a Tight End for Auburn’s football team in 1986
- Thomas’s #35 is retired by the White Sox, but his first career Major League hit came while wearing #15.
- Had a hit off Charlie Hough (born 1/5/1948) & Felix Hernández (born 4/8/1986)
- In Thomas’s first 8 MLB seasons (1,076 games), he hit .330/.452/.600 with 879 walks and only 582 strikeouts. And a 177 wRC+ Mike Trout is in his 8th MLB season. His career wRC+ is 170
- Thomas is one of six players in MLB history with 500+ Home Runs and .300 BA, .400 OBP & .500 SLG. The others: Babe Ruth, Manny Ramírez, Jimmie Foxx, Ted Williams & Mel Ott
- Prior to joining the White Sox, Frank Thomas had 112 walks in 109 games with Birmingham in 1990
- Joe DiMaggio had 361 career home runs. Frank Thomas had 361 career home runs… against right-handed pitchers alone.
- Frank Thomas had more career stolen bases (32) than Joe DiMaggio (30)
- Thomas homered in 28 different MLB ballparks, off 336 different pitchers.
- The most home runs Thomas hit off a pitcher was 9 off Mike Mussina.
30 hits is the most by Thomas off any pitcher during his career
- 9 of Thomas’s home runs were off pitchers currently in the Hall of Fame.
5 off Randy Johnson, 2 off Jack Morris, 1 off Pedro Martínez, 1 off Goose Gossage.
- Thomas homered off 17 different pitchers who won a Cy Young award
(Clemens, Colón, Cone, Hentgen, Hershiser, R. Johnson, P. Martínez, McDowell, Sabathia, Saberhagen, Santana, Sutcliffe, Valenzuela, Viola, Webb, Welch & Zito)
- Thomas homered off 6 pitchers who threw a perfect game
(Mark Buehrle, David Cone, Dennis Martínez, Kenny Rogers, David Wells & Randy Johnson)
- Thomas had 1,704 career RBI.
He drove himself in 521 times.
He drove in exactly 100 different teammates
Most often driven in? Ray Durham (184 times)
- 1,047 players had at least 100 career plate appearances at old Comiskey Park. Frank Thomas had the best on-base percentage of all of them
(.510 OBP in 102 PA)
- Thomas had a 52-game on-base streak to begin 1996… the streak was 57 games if you included the last 5 games of 1995.
- In his first 162 career MLB games, Frank Thomas reached base 313 times.
He hit .317/.449/.532 with 110 Runs, 27 HR, 106 RBI, 134 BB, 132 K, 3 HBP
- Frank Thomas has 5 of the 12 seasons of at least 40 home runs in White Sox history. Nobody else has more than two.
- A Double in his 149th career plate appearance (in his 39th career MLB game) put his career batting average at .303. That career batting average never fell under .300 again.
- Frank Thomas has the most career HR by a player named Frank Thomas (521); which is 235 more than the other Frank Thomas, who was the Frank Thomas who played his final MLB game in a Chicago Uniform (5/30/1966 – with the Cubs).
- Frank Thomas’s first career grand slam (6/24/1991) scored two future Hall of Famers (Thomas & Tim Raines) and two future White Sox managers (Ozzie Guillen & Robin Ventura)
- Four position players were picked ahead of Frank Thomas in the 1989 MLB Draft. Two never reached the Majors (Jeff Jackson & Paul Coleman) and the other two combined for 65 career home runs (Tyler Houston & Donald Harris).
- 508 players had at least 1,000 plate appearances during the 1990s. Of those 508 the top two in on-base percentage were Frank Thomas (.440) and Barry Bonds (.434)
- Thomas hit .322/.448/.635 career vs lefties
- Thomas is the only player in White Sox history with multiple 5-game home run streaks. Both were in 1994.
- In 38 career plate appearances against Bartolo Colón, Thomas hit .483/.605/.828 with 2 HR, 14 hits & 9 walks
- Besides his 448 HR, Thomas also is the White Sox franchise career leader in Runs (1,327), Doubles (447), RBI (1,465), Walks (1,466), OBP (.427 – min 1,500 PA) & SLG (.568 – min 1,500 PA)