In addition to former baseball managers Tony LaRussa, Joe Torre and Bobby Cox, three famous MLB players will be inducted today into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
A bruising batter best known for his frightening nickname is my favorite inductee.
This big time talent also begins my new sports comic book called Favorite Big Things in Sports.
Hard hitting Hall of Fame first baseman Frank Thomas became known as The Big Hurt in 1992 when a Chicago White Sox broadcaster’s innocent remark morphed into one of Major League Baseball’s best ever nicknames.
Ken Harrelson’s comment about how badly White Sox slugger Frank Thomas hurt the baseball when he made contact fostered the scary and formidable nickname – The Big Hurt.
While in the on-deck circle, Thomas even swung a hefty piece of rusted rebar that he salvaged from demolished Comiskey Park.
A first time Cooperstown ballot inductee in 2014, Thomas retired with 521 career home runs. He was also a .301 lifetime hitter, two-time MVP and five-time all-star during his impressive 19-year MLB seasons.
The Big Hurt perfectly described the rugged and tough 6’ 5” and 260 lb. former University of Auburn football player turned Major League Baseball star. Thomas regularly tormented American League pitchers during his lengthy career.
I loved Thomas’ imposing name so much that I also included it in the #7 spot in my FREE book Scary Sports Comics.
However, this retired White Sox slugger is not just regarded as one of Major League Baseball’s best power hitters ever.
He’s also widely recognized among the most respected players who have ever played the sport.
Now, that’s big!
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