Chi-Sox unveil statue for “The Big Hurt”
The Chicago White Sox unveiled a statue of Frank Thomas AKA “The Big Hurt” at U.S. Cellular Field over the weekend. Thomas was bronzed, was joined the likes of Charles Comiskey, Minnie Minoso, Carlton Fisk, Billy Pierce, Harold Baines, Nellie Fox and Luis Aparicio. Last Year, the Chi-Sox retired his #35 (pic below). He was a two-time MVP, five-time All-Star, and career .301 hitter with 521 HR’s and 1704 RBI’s. He led the Chi-Sox in a number of offensive categories including: home runs (448), doubles (447), RBIs (1,465), runs (1,327), walks (1,466), slugging percentage (.568) and on-base percentage (.427). Thomas will be eligible for the Hall of Fame in three years.
“I love it; they even got my nose right,” Thomas said. “I was saying that I have been getting grief about my nose for so many years and Ozzie [Guillen] was riding me the other day saying they used a lot of clay on that nose. It’s a good thing. It looks realistic and I’m proud of it. Most guys are dead and gone before they get to see something like this.” – espn
@SportsBata Did You Know? In the 1990’s, Ken Griffey Jr. and Frank Thomas were really the only two consistent big name, big hitters that did not enjoy the benefits of steroids. Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire along with Sammy Sosa were taking shots in the buttocks to acheive false high accolades. These tainted hitters brought about the term put an asterisks next to it (*) in the record books.