James Howard Thome is a former professional baseball corner infielder and designated hitter. He played for six different teams, most notably the Cleveland Indians, during the 1990s and early 2000s. A prolific power hitter, Thome hit 612 home runs during his career, along with 2,328 hits, 1,699 runs batted in, and a. 276 batting average. He is the career leader in walk-off home runs with 13.
About Jim Thome in brief
James Howard Thome is an American former professional baseball corner infielder and designated hitter, who played in Major League Baseball for 22 seasons. He played for six different teams, most notably the Cleveland Indians, during the 1990s and early 2000s. A prolific power hitter, Thome hit 612 home runs during his career, along with 2,328 hits, 1,699 runs batted in, and a. 276 batting average. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2018. Thome grew up in Peoria, Illinois, as part of a large blue-collar family of athletes, who predominantly played baseball and basketball. After attending Illinois Central College, he was drafted by the Indians in the 1989 draft, and made his big league debut in 1991. In 2011, he became only the eighth MLB player to hit 600 home runs. As of 2020, he is the career leader in walk-off home runs with 13. After retiring, he accepted an executive position with the Chicago White Sox. He is the father of two sons, Chuck III and Randy, both of whom played baseball at Limestone High School. He also has a daughter, Kaitlin, who was a first-round draft choice of the Chicago Cubs in 1998. He won a Silver Slugger Award in 1996, and was a member of five All-Star teams and won a Gold Glove Award in 2000. He has been honored with two Marvin Miller Man of the Year Awards and a Lou Gehrig Memorial Award for his community involvement during his playing career.
He currently works as an executive with the White Sox and the Baltimore Orioles. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with his wife, Mary, and two children, Chuck and Randy Thome, and their son, Chuck Jr., who was born in 1992. He had a son, Chris, in 2011. He and his wife have a daughter named Kaitlyn, and he has a son named James, who also plays baseball. He retired in 2013. He died in a car accident in August 2014. He will be buried in Peia, Illinois. He attended Limestone high School where he achieved all-state honors in basketball and baseball. In 2003, he led the National League in home Runs with 47. In six different seasons, he hit more than 40 home runs, and in 2003, his career on-base plus slugging of. 956 ranks 19th all-time. He said he was influenced by his grandmother, who worked at a Caterpillar plant solely to play softball. His father built bulldozers for Caterpillar and played slow-pitch softball; his aunt Caroline Thome Hart is in the Women’s Softball Hall of fame. He wanted to be a professional baseball player, but was not drafted by MLB’s Cleveland Indians until the 13th round of the 1993 draft. Although he was relatively underweight for his 6-foot-2-inch height, he attracted only passing interest.