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  • Video: Thomas' career highlights

  • Video: Thomas on his longest homer

  • Chicago White Sox veteran Frank Thomas kisses the World Series trophy in the clubhouse after the White Sox swept the Houston Astros with a 1-0 win of Game 4 Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005, in Houston.

      Chicago White Sox veteran Frank Thomas kisses the World Series trophy in the clubhouse after the White Sox swept the Houston Astros with a 1-0 win of Game 4 Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005, in Houston.
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  • Former Sox slugger Frank Thomas officially retires from baseball.

      Former Sox slugger Frank Thomas officially retires from baseball.
    Bob Chwedyk/Daily Herald

  • Frank Thomas holds up his soon to be retired jersey after announcing his retirement.

       Frank Thomas holds up his soon to be retired jersey after announcing his retirement.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Frank Thomas smiles as he talks to his son Sterling as the pair watch batting practice before the Jays faced the New York Yankees in a spring training baseball game in Tampa, Fla., Saturday, March 24, 2007.

      Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Frank Thomas smiles as he talks to his son Sterling as the pair watch batting practice before the Jays faced the New York Yankees in a spring training baseball game in Tampa, Fla., Saturday, March 24, 2007.
    Associated Press

  • Toronto Blue Jays' Frank Thomas smiles while signing autographs for fans before the start of a baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, July 27, 2007, in Chicago. Thomas spent the first 16 years of his career with the White Sox before departing after the 2005 season as a free agent.

      Toronto Blue Jays' Frank Thomas smiles while signing autographs for fans before the start of a baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, July 27, 2007, in Chicago. Thomas spent the first 16 years of his career with the White Sox before departing after the 2005 season as a free agent.
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  • Chicago White Sox's Frank Thomas (35) gets hand slaps as he in introduced Sunday, March 31, 1996 in their opening day game against the Seattle Mariners in the Kingdome in Seattle. Thomas came through as he hit a two-run homer in the first inning of the game.

      Chicago White Sox's Frank Thomas (35) gets hand slaps as he in introduced Sunday, March 31, 1996 in their opening day game against the Seattle Mariners in the Kingdome in Seattle. Thomas came through as he hit a two-run homer in the first inning of the game.
    Associated Press

  • Alex Fernandez of the Chicago White Sox, left, douses teammate Frank Thomas with champagne after they beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2, Monday, Sept. 27, 1993 in Chicago to clinch the American League Western Division title.

      Alex Fernandez of the Chicago White Sox, left, douses teammate Frank Thomas with champagne after they beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2, Monday, Sept. 27, 1993 in Chicago to clinch the American League Western Division title.
    Associated Press

  • White Sox's first baseman Frank Thomas makes his way past first base on a double in the fourth inning, July, 23, 1995 in Chicago. The White Sox defeated the Brewers 11-6 despite Milwaukee's four-run rally in ninth inning.

      White Sox's first baseman Frank Thomas makes his way past first base on a double in the fourth inning, July, 23, 1995 in Chicago. The White Sox defeated the Brewers 11-6 despite Milwaukee's four-run rally in ninth inning.
    Associated Press

  • Former White Sox player Frank Thomas waves to fans as he walks on the field before a baseball game between the New York Yankees and the White Sox in Chicago, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010. Thomas' No. 35 was retired before the game.

      Former White Sox player Frank Thomas waves to fans as he walks on the field before a baseball game between the New York Yankees and the White Sox in Chicago, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010. Thomas' No. 35 was retired before the game.
    Associated Press

 
 

Here are 35 thoughts, facts, moments and memories of No. 35, Frank Thomas:

Former Chicago White Sox player Frank Thomas, left, and Chicago White Sox Jim Thome talk before a interleague baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the White Sox Thursday, June 18, 2009, at Wrigley Field in Chicago. T
Former Chicago White Sox player Frank Thomas, left, and Chicago White Sox Jim Thome talk before a interleague baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the White Sox Thursday, June 18, 2009, at Wrigley Field in Chicago. T - Associated Press
1 The Big Hurt was drafted by the White Sox on the first round (No. 7 overall) in 1989 after playing college baseball at Auburn.

2 Thomas won two American League MVP trophies -- in 1993 and '94.

3 In his first full major-league season with the Sox (1991), Thomas finished third in MVP voting with a .318/.453/.553 hitting line to go with 32 home runs, 109 RBI and a league-leading 138 walks.

4 A year after exiting the White Sox in a messy split, Thomas finished fourth in MVP voting after batting .270 with 39 home runs and 114 RBI while playing for the Oakland Athletics.

In his first game back at U.S. Cellular with the A's, Thomas hit 2 solo homers off Jon Garland.

In this July 30, 1994 file photo, Chicago White Sox's Frank Thomas follows through on a home run against the Seattle Mariners in Chicago. Thomas is among three high-profile players on the baseball Hall of Fame ballot for the first time. The votes will be announced Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014.
In this July 30, 1994 file photo, Chicago White Sox's Frank Thomas follows through on a home run against the Seattle Mariners in Chicago. Thomas is among three high-profile players on the baseball Hall of Fame ballot for the first time. The votes will be announced Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. - Associated Press
5 Thomas went to five straight All-Star Games (1993-97). In 1995, he won the Home Run Derby in Texas.

6 Over his career, Thomas was the AL leader in six offensive categories -- batting average, slugging percentage, extra-base hits, walks, on-base percentage and doubles.

7 From 1991-97, Thomas became the first player in baseball history to hit .300 or higher with at least 20 home runs, 100 RBI, 100 walks and 100 runs scored in seven straight seasons.

8 Along with Al Simmons, Ted Williams and Albert Pujols, Thomas is the only player in major-league history to drive in 100 or more runs in each of his first eight full seasons.

9 In 2000, Thomas wasn't happy after finishing a close second to Jason Giambi in the AL MVP vote. Had he won, Thomas would have been the ninth player in history to win three MVP trophies.

Chicago White Sox's Frank Thomas flexes his muscles after sliding into third base during the 5th inning of a 5-1 win over the Royals.

Chicago White Sox's Frank Thomas flexes his muscles after sliding into third base during the 5th inning of a 5-1 win over the Royals. - Daniel White/2005

10 Thomas, who played from 1990-2008, ranks 10th all time with 1,667 walks.

11 Thomas hit 11 grand slams, tying him for 41st place in baseball history.

12 After winning AL MVP honors in 1994, Thomas became the 12th player in history to win the award in consecutive seasons, and the first since the Yankees' Roger Maris in 1960-61.

Chicago White Sox vs the LA Dodgers. Sox Frank Thomas gets brushed back from a pitch from Dodgers pitcher D. J Houston.
Chicago White Sox vs the LA Dodgers. Sox Frank Thomas gets brushed back from a pitch from Dodgers pitcher D. J Houston. - Mark Welsh/2005
13 Thomas played with No. 13, shortstop Ozzie Guillen, from 1990-97. He also played for Guillen, who returned as White Sox manager, in 2004-05.

"The best hitter to ever wear this uniform was Frank," Guillen said.

Chicago White Sox vs the LA Dodgers. Frank Thomas homer is well received by teammate Tadahito Iguchi at home plate.

Chicago White Sox vs the LA Dodgers. Frank Thomas homer is well received by teammate Tadahito Iguchi at home plate. - Mark Welsh/2005

14 Thomas was voted AL player of the week 14 times.

15 In 1997, Thomas reached base safely in 15 consecutive plate appearances, one shy of Ted Williams' record. During the streak, which ran May 16-20, Thomas was 10-for-10 with 5 walks.

Chicago White Sox Frank Sox's Frank Thomas slides under the leg of Toronto Blue Jays' catcher Pat Borders during the second inning, May 23, 1992 in Chicago.

Chicago White Sox Frank Sox's Frank Thomas slides under the leg of Toronto Blue Jays' catcher Pat Borders during the second inning, May 23, 1992 in Chicago. - Associated Press

16 Thomas played 16 seasons with the White Sox, and he ranks fourth in franchise history behind Luke Appling, Paul Konerko and Nellie Fox with 1,959 games played.

17 Thomas hit 17 home runs at Fenway Park in Boston, his highest total as a visiting player.

White Sox vs Oakland A's with the return of the "Big Hurt" Frank Thomas. Here fans welcome him home as he signs autographs before the game.

White Sox vs Oakland A's with the return of the "Big Hurt" Frank Thomas. Here fans welcome him home as he signs autographs before the game. - Mark Welsh/2006

18 With 521 career home runs, Thomas is tied with Ted Williams and Willie McCovey for 18th place on the all-time list.

Oakland Athletics new designated hitter Frank Thomas talks to reporters after taking batting practice before their baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, April 24, 2008. Thomas rejoined the Athletics after he was released on Sunday, April 20, 2008 by the Toronto Blue Jays.

Oakland Athletics new designated hitter Frank Thomas talks to reporters after taking batting practice before their baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, April 24, 2008. Thomas rejoined the Athletics after he was released on Sunday, April 20, 2008 by the Toronto Blue Jays. - Associated Press

19 Playing for Auburn in 1989, Thomas hit 19 home runs while batting .403 and winning Southeastern Conference MVP honors.

Chicago White Sox mascot "Southpaw" holds a sign during the seventh inning of a baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox in Chicago, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010. Frank Thomas' jersey No. 35 was retired Sunday by the White Sox. The Yankees won 2-1.
Chicago White Sox mascot "Southpaw" holds a sign during the seventh inning of a baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox in Chicago, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010. Frank Thomas' jersey No. 35 was retired Sunday by the White Sox. The Yankees won 2-1. - Associated Press
20 Thomas ranks 20th all time with a career .419 on-base percentage.

21 As a freshman at Auburn, Thomas hit 21 home runs, and his success on the baseball field prompted him to quit the Tigers' football team, where he played tight end.

White Sox slugger Frank Thomas high-fives a teammate as Cubs catcher Benito Santiago looks on during the first half of the 1999 Crosstown Series.

White Sox slugger Frank Thomas high-fives a teammate as Cubs catcher Benito Santiago looks on during the first half of the 1999 Crosstown Series. - Daily Herald/June 12, 1999

22 In major-league history, Thomas ranks 22nd with 1,704 RBI and a .555 slugging percentage.

ASSOCIATED PRESS ¬ June 26, 2005- Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas reacts after hitting a foul ball against Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Jerome Williams.
ASSOCIATED PRESS ¬ June 26, 2005- Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas reacts after hitting a foul ball against Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Jerome Williams. -
23 On June 23, 2002, Thomas launched a 495-foot home run off the Twins' Johan Santana. At the time, it was the longest home run ever hit at U.S. Cellular Field.

24 Thomas never liked facing Pedro Martinez. In 24 career at-bats vs. the right-handed starter, Thomas had 2 hits and struck out 11 times.

Chicago White Sox's Frank Thomas is shown, March 1990.

Chicago White Sox's Frank Thomas is shown, March 1990. - Associated Press

25 On June 25, 2003, Thomas hit his 400th career home run, off Tampa Bay's Jorge Sosa.

26 While he wasn't on the postseason roster in 2005 due to injury, Thomas was with the team Oct. 26 when the White Sox completed a four-game sweep over the Houston Astros to win the World Series.

Chicago White Sox's Albert Belle, left, and Frank Thomas stand looking out at the fans as the players are introduced Friday, April 4, 1997, in Chicago. The White Sox hosted the Detroit Tigers for their 1997 season home opener.

Chicago White Sox's Albert Belle, left, and Frank Thomas stand looking out at the fans as the players are introduced Friday, April 4, 1997, in Chicago. The White Sox hosted the Detroit Tigers for their 1997 season home opener. - Associated Press

27 Thomas was born on May 27, 1968, in Columbus, Georgia.

Chicago White Sox manager Jerry Manuel tries to restrain Frank Thomas as Thomas is ejected by first base umpire Paul Nauert in the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday, July 15, 1999, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Thomas argued a close call at first in which Willie McGee was called safe. The Cardinals won 3-2 in 13 innings.

Chicago White Sox manager Jerry Manuel tries to restrain Frank Thomas as Thomas is ejected by first base umpire Paul Nauert in the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday, July 15, 1999, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Thomas argued a close call at first in which Willie McGee was called safe. The Cardinals won 3-2 in 13 innings. - Associated Press

28 On Aug. 28, 1990, Thomas hit his first major-league home run, off the Twins' Gary Wayne.

Chicago White Sox's first baseman Frank Thomas talks to first base umpire Dan Morrison during game against the Seattle Mariners in Chicago, April 16, 1992. Morrison stopped play when he thought Thomas was arguing with him, but Thomas said he was talking to himself. Thomas has been upset with umpires' calls at the plate.

Chicago White Sox's first baseman Frank Thomas talks to first base umpire Dan Morrison during game against the Seattle Mariners in Chicago, April 16, 1992. Morrison stopped play when he thought Thomas was arguing with him, but Thomas said he was talking to himself. Thomas has been upset with umpires' calls at the plate. - Associated Press

29 Thomas' 1,028 career extra-base hits rank 29th all time.

30 Thomas hit 30 or more home runs in a season nine times.

Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen (13) receives a hug from Frank Thomas after their 4-3 win over the Kansas City Royals Wednesday, April 7, 2004, in Kansas City, Mo.

Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen (13) receives a hug from Frank Thomas after their 4-3 win over the Kansas City Royals Wednesday, April 7, 2004, in Kansas City, Mo. - Associated Press

31 Thomas hit 2 home runs in a game 31 times.

32 In his 19 major-league seasons, Thomas stole 32 bases in 55 attempts.

33 Thomas ranks 33rd in baseball history with 168 intentional walks.

Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Frank Thomas poses for a photograph with Cory Fakterowitz of Palm Harbor, Fla., before the Blue Jays faced the New York Yankees in their spring training baseball game in Tampa, Fla., Saturday, March 24, 2007.

Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Frank Thomas poses for a photograph with Cory Fakterowitz of Palm Harbor, Fla., before the Blue Jays faced the New York Yankees in their spring training baseball game in Tampa, Fla., Saturday, March 24, 2007. - Associated Press

34 In 2005, his final season with the Sox, Thomas played in only 34 games because of foot and ankle injuries.

35 The White Sox retired Thomas' uniform No. 35 at U.S. Cellular Field on Aug. 29, 2010. The following year, the Sox unveiled a bronze statue of Thomas on the left-field concourse.

"You can never dream of anything like that," he said. "You can always dream, but it's only happened to a select few, and I'm honored to be one of those select few to be out on that concourse."

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