Frank Thomas, the greatest hitter in White Sox history, will have his familiar No. 35 retired on Sunday as part of Frank Thomas Day at the Cell. In his remarkable 19-year major league career, The Big Hurt compiled a .301 lifetime batting average and produced 521 home runs, 1704 RBI, a .419 on base percentage, 2 MVPs, a batting title and a World Series ring.
There is little doubt that Frank will be honored in Cooperstown, hopefully on the first ballot, and his outspokeness against PEDs will only accelerate his election. So, the Sunday celebration is richly deserved.
While Big Frank had his problems with the organization during his career, that’s all in the past. He is now an official ambassador for the Pale Hose and his likeness will appear on the outfield wall with the other retired numbers. It’s only a matter of time before a statue is erected on the outfield concourse as well.