It can’t get much bigger for the ‘Big Hurt.’ White Sox slugger Frank Thomas was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday in his first year of eligibility, receiving 83.7 percent of the ballots cast by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Thomas, who hit 521 home runs over a 19-year career, including a franchise-record 448 with the White Sox, will join Atlanta Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine at the induction ceremonies in Cooperstown, N.Y. in July. Former managers Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa, who managed for the White Sox from 1983-86, will also be inducted. “After I got all the information from the Hall of Fame a month ago explaining 18,000 will play in the majors and only one percent will go to the hall of fame, it made me go back in my chair and go, ‘Wow just getting there is really special’ ” said Thomas, who called Wednesday the best day of his life. “When I got in the league I told people I want to do something special in my career. People thought I was crazy at times because of my lofty expectations but I really wanted to do something special, and I worked my butt of for it and am so proud of this moment.” Thomas will be the first player to wear a White Sox hat into Cooperstown since second baseman Nellie Fox was inducted posthumously in 1997.
The Big Hurt gets the Hall of Fame call
CSN Chicago | Jan 9