Frank Thomas Passes Away, three-time MLB All-Star for Pirates in the 1950s,
Three-time MLB All-Star for Pirates in the 1950s, The legendary Frank “The Original” Thomas, who was 93 years old, has passed away.
A former player for the Pirates and lifelong citizen of Pittsburgh, Frank Thomas passed away on Monday, the team reported. He was 93.
President Travis Williams remarked, “Frank was pleased to call the city of Pittsburgh home not only as a member of the Pirates but also as a guy who spent his whole life here.” And he was always active in our alumni association activities, so we know he was a proud family man as well.
Thomas spent the first eight years of his career (1951-58) with the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he was born and where he hit 163 home runs and drove in 562 runs.
When the Pirates traded away franchise icon Ralph Kiner in 1953, “The Original” helped shore up the offense.
From 1953–1958, Thomas made three All-Star teams while hitting 161 home runs and driving in 546 runs. His final year with the Pirates, Thomas hit 35 home runs and drove in 109 runs, good for fourth place in National League MVP voting and a career high.
Thomas’s career in baseball continued beyond his tenure with the Pirates, with stops with the Reds, Cubs, Braves, Mets, Phillies, and Astros. In his professional career, Thomas hit.286 with 286 home runs, 962 RBIs, and a.266 batting average.
The children of Thomas who have since passed away are Patty Cain, Joanne Harrison, Maryanne Pacconi, Frankie Thomas, Peter Thomas, Paul Thomas, and Mark Thomas. Dolores, his wife, and Sharon, his daughter, both passed away before him.