On this day, in 2010 the Chicago White Sox paid tribute to slugger Frank Thomas by retiring his number 35 uniform in a pregame ceremony
August 29, 2010
The Chicago White Sox retired uniform No. 35 in honor of Frank Thomas in a pregame ceremony at U.S. Cellular Field on Aug. 29, 2010. Thomas was a designated hitter and first baseman who spent the majority of his 19-season career in Chicago, from his debut in 1990 through 2005. Thomas’ number is the ninth retired by White Sox.
Nicknamed The Big Hurt because of his powerful swing of the bat, Thomas ended his career leading the White Sox in many offensive categories, including runs (1,327), doubles (447), home runs (448), RBIs (1,465), walks (1,466), on-base percentage (.427) and on-base plus slugging (.995).
He is the only player in MLB history to record seven consecutive seasons with 100 RBIs, 20 home runs, 100 walks and a .300 batting average — a feat not even accomplished by MLB legends Babe Ruth or Ted Williams. He is 10th all-time in the league with 1,667 career walks and is in the top 25 in four other all-time categories, including on-base plus slugging (14th, .974 POS) and RBIs (25th, 1,704).
Born in Columbus, Georgia on May 27, 1968, Thomas nearly reached the pinnacle of his sport in 2005, when the White Sox swept the Houston Astros to win the World Series. He was left off Chicago’s postseason roster due to injury but received a World Series ring for his play in the regular season. The two-time American League MVP was a first-ballot inductee into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014.