Auburn alumnus Thomas inducted to Baseball Hall of Fame

Frank Thomas' ceremonial plaque (Source: MLB)
Frank Thomas' ceremonial plaque (Source: MLB)

COOPERSTOWN, NY (WAFF) - With 521 home runs, more than 1,700 RBI and a .301 career batting average, Frank Thomas was inducted into the prestigious Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend. He is the first SEC baseball player to be given that honor.

Thomas dabbled in both football and baseball during his tenure at Auburn. As a tight end he caught three passes his freshman year; he hit .359 when he starred for Auburn in 1987, and was part of the U.S. team in the Pan-Am Games that year.

His Major League Baseball career took him from Chicago to Oakland then from Toronto back to California. He won back-to-back A.L. Most Valuable Player awards in 1993 and 1994, and is a five-time All Star, four-time Silver Slugger Award recipient.

His Hall of Fame biography states, "No other man in baseball history has strung together seven straight seasons of 20-plus homers, 100 RBI, 100 walks and a .300 average."

Thomas's plaque in the Hall of Fame begins, "An imposing figure at the plate and in the field, combined powerful swing and exceptional batting eye to become one of the game's most feared hitters."

The Hall of Fame Class of 2014 also includes Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa, and Joe Torre.

Watch Thomas' Hall of Fame video biography on YouTube.

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