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Thomas Becomes Only Former SEC Player to Make it to Cooperstown

By on January 9th, 2014 in Baseball, News 4 Comments »

The greatest slugger to ever play baseball in the South Eastern Conference was voted into Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame Wednesday. Former Auburn First Baseman, Frank ‘The Big Hurt” Thomas who played at Auburn between 1987 – 1989 and went on to play for the Chicago White Sox, received nearly 84% of the votes cast.

After an All-American performance at Auburn, he spent 19 years in the big leagues, mostly with the Sox. He was a two-time American League MVP and one of only three hiters in baseball history to have a .300 average with 500 home runs, 1,500 RBIs, 1,000 runs scored and 1,500 walks in his career. The other two were Mel Ott and Babe Ruth.

This writer had the privilege to watch Frank play in high school, college, and the pro’s. Even as an 18 year old high school player, it was evident to all that he was going to have a great career. He truly was a man among boys when he played for the Columbus (Ga.) High Blue Devils.

Thomas was inducted into Auburn’s Wall of Fame in 2010 and he becomes the only former SEC player to make it to Cooperstown. The official induction ceremony will take place July 27th. Congratulations Frank and War Eagle!


  1. GreenvilleAUfan GreenvilleAUfan says:

    I was so glad to see him make it to the HOF. I grew up playing baseball and he was one of my childhood heroes. I knew he was the greatest Auburn Baseball player but I didn’t know he is the first ever SEC player to make the Hall of Fame. Thanks for posting this tribute to him. War Eagle Frank!

  2. wareagle3020 wareagle3020 says:

    I remember watching him win the homerun derby in the mid 90’s! He was a beast. As a Blue Devil alum, I am proud that he will represent Columbus High in the famous Cooperstown bunch! And as an Auburn fan, as always, it’s great to be an Auburn Tiger!!! Looking forward to July when he is inducted. Thanks for the informative post, AubTigerman.

  3. Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

    That is so cool! Now if the NFL will finally induct Kevin Greene! He deserves to be honored by the league!

  4. WarEagleAtlanta WarEagleAtlanta says:

    As a Columbus native, I saw him play in high school as well.

    He should have stuck it out at tight end. There’s no telling what heights he might have achieved. 🙂