10 crazy Frank Thomas stats on White Sox legend's birthday
The Big Hurt
Frank Thomas turned 52 on Wednesday. The White Sox legend spent 16 of his 19 big league seasons on the South Side, putting together a Hall of Fame résumé leading to his induction into Cooperstown in 2014. Here are ten crazy stats you may not know on "The Big Hurt."
1. Hall of Fame birth date
Thomas was born the same day as Jeff Bagwell: May 27, 1968. They both won 1994 MVP awards.
2. Strange but true
Thomas hit three triples before hitting his first big league home run, one of two players in the 500 home run club to do so. The other one is Reggie Jackson, who hit four triples before his first long ball.
3. Great company
Thomas had nine seasons with 100 runs scored, 100 RBIs and 100 walks. Only three players had more such seasons: Babe Ruth (11), Lou Gehrig (11) and Barry Bonds (10)
4. The complete package
Thomas is one of six players in MLB history with 500+ home runs, a .300 average, .400 OBP and .500 SLG. The others: Babe Ruth, Manny Ramirez, Jimmie Foxx, Ted Williams and Mel Ott
5. No. 35
521 career home runs x four bases per home run x 90 feet per base = 187,560 feet. Or roughly 35.52 miles. Thomas’s No. 35 is retired by the White Sox.
6. A happy birthday
In 14 career games on his birthday, Thomas hit .468/.583/.766 with two homers, 10 RBIs, 22 hits and 13 walks.
7. Edging out DiMaggio
Thomas had more career stolen bases (32) than Joe DiMaggio (30).
8. The streak
Thomas had a 52-game on-base streak to begin 1996. The streak was 57 games, if you include the last five games of 1995.
9. Mr. 300
A double in his 149th career plate appearance (in his 39th career MLB game) put Thomas' career batting average at .303. His career batting average never fell below .300 again.
10. RBI breakdown
Thomas had 1,704 career RBIs. He drove himself in 521 times and drove in exactly 100 different teammates. The player he drove in most often? Ray Durham (184 times).