Frank Thomas

Frank Joseph Thomas
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 205 lbs.
Born: June 11, 1929 in Pittsburgh, PA
Signed: 1947 by the Pittsburgh Pirates
Acquired: traded from the Milwaukee Braves with a player to be named later (
Rick Herrscher) for a player to be named later (Gus Bell) and cash, November 1961
Departed: traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for
Wayne Graham, Gary Kroll, and cash, August 1964

 

The first Frank Thomas. He was also the Mets' first power threat; in 1962, he led the club in runs, hits, doubles, homers, RBIs, total bases, and slugging. Despite slumping significantly in '63, he again led the Mets in runs batted in. Frank is shown here on a Red Man tobacco card, and on several different vintage cards below.

  

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BATTING RECORD (team-leading totals in red)

YEAR CLUB      G   AB   R    H  2B 3B  HR RBI   TB SB CS  SO  BB HBP SAC SF  OBP  SLG  AVG
==========================================================================================
1951 Pit NL   39  148  21   39   9  2   2  16   58  0  2  15   9   0   0  - .306 .392 .264
1952 Pit NL    6   21   1    2   0  0   0   0    2  0  0   1   1   0   0  - .136 .095 .095
1953 Pit NL  128  455  68  116  22  1  30 102  230  1  2  93  50   2   3  - .331 .505 .255
1954 Pit NL  153  577  81  172  32  7  23  94  287  3  2  74  51  10   4 11 .359 .497 .298
1955 Pit NL  142  510  72  125  16  2  25  72  220  2  0  76  60   2   3  6 .324 .431 .245
1956 Pit NL  157  588  69  166  24  3  25  80  271  0  5  61  36   5   2  6 .326 .461 .282
1957 Pit NL  151  594  72  172  30  1  23  89  273  3  1  66  44   3   5 12 .335 .460 .290
1958 Pit NL  149  562  89  158  26  4  35 109  297  0  1  79  42   7   1  8 .334 .528 .281
1959 Cin NL  108  374  41   84  18  2  12  47  142  0  2  56  27   3   2  6 .278 .380 .225
1960 Chi NL  135  479  54  114  12  1  21  64  191  1  0  74  28   0   1  1 .280 .399 .238
1961 2teams  139  473  65  133  15  3  27  73  235  2  4  78  31   6   2  4 .331 .497 .281
1962 *METS*  156  571  69  152  23  3  34  94  283  2  1  95  48   8   0  6 .329 .496 .266
1963 *METS*  126  420  34  109   9  1  15  
60  165  0  0  48  33   3   0  2 .317 .393 .260
1964 2teams   99  340  39   92  17  1  10  45  141  1  2  41  15   2   3  4 .302 .415 .271
1965 3teams   73  168  17   37   9  0   4  17   58  0  0  36   9   0   0  4 .254 .345 .220
1966 Chi NL    5    5   0    0   0  0   0   0    0  0  0   1   0   0   0  0 .000 .000 .000
==========================================================================================
METS TOTALS  342 1188 122  311  38  5  52 173  515  3  2 172  91  13   0  9 .319 .434 .262
OTHER CLUBS 1424 5097 670 1360 224 26 234 789 2338 12 20 722 393  38  26 61 .320 .459 .267
==========================================================================================
CAREER TOTS 1766 6285 792 1671 262 31 286 962 2853 15 22 894 484  51  26 70 .320 .454 .266

season highlighted in blue denotes he was selected Rounding Third's Mets Hitter of the Year

SPLIT SEASONS

YEAR CLUB      G   AB   R    H  2B 3B  HR RBI   TB SB CS  SO  BB HBP SAC SF  OBP  SLG  AVG
==========================================================================================
1961 Chi NL   15   50   7   13   2  0   2   6   21  0  0   8   2   0   0  0 .288 .420 .260
1961 Mil NL  124  423  58  120  13  3  25  67  214  2  4  70  29   6   2  4 .335 .506 .284
1964 *METS*   60  197  19   50   6  1   3  19   67  1  1  29  10   2   0  1 .295 .340 .254
1964 Phi NL   39  143  20   42  11  0   7  26   74  0  1  12   5   0   3  3 .311 .517 .294
1965 Phi NL   35   77   7   20   4  0   1   7   27  0  0  10   4   0   0  2 .289 .351 .260
1965 Hou NL   23   58   7   10   2  0   3   9   21  0  0  15   3   0   0  1 .210 .362 .172
1965 Mil NL   15   33   3    7   3  0   0   1   10  0  0  11   2   0   0  1 .250 .303 .212

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This is a list of the Frank Thomas cards that I already have in my collection. If you have any cards that are not listed here, and you are willing to donate or trade them, contact me at Rounding Third.  Items that are struck through are no longer a part of the Rounding Third collection, having been sold for charity.

1954 Bowman

1956 Topps

1957 Topps

1958 Topps

1954 Bowman #155
1954 Dan-Dee Potato Chips
reprint

1955 Bowman #58
1955 Red Man #NL20
(no tab)

1956 Topps #153a (gray back)

1957 Topps #140

1958 Topps #409

1959 Topps

1961 Topps

1962 Jell-O

1963 Topps

1959 Topps #17 ("Danny's All-Stars")
1959 Topps #490

1960 Topps #95

1961 Topps #382

1962 Jay Publishing Mets
1962 Jell-O #151
1962 Post #151
1962 Topps #7

1963 Jell-O #196
1963 Topps #495

1964 Topps #345

1965 Topps #123

1979 TCMA
Baseball History Series

1989 Pacific Baseball Legends

1994 Upper Deck
All-Time Heroes

1999 Fleer Sports Illustrated
Greats of the Game Covers

1978 Grand Slam #143

1979 TCMA Baseball History Series #24

1982 Renata Galasso 20 Years of New York Met Baseball #19

1989 Pacific Baseball Legends #153

1990 Swell (CMC) Baseball Greats #113

1991 Nobody Beats the Wiz Mets #405
1991 Topps Archives #283
(mockup of 1953 Topps card)

1992 Action Packed All-Star Gallery #77

1993 Upper Deck All-Time Heroes Triple Folders #118

1994 Upper Deck All-Time Heroes #126

1999 Fleer Sports Illustrated Greats of the Game Autograph Collection (autographed)
1999 Fleer Sports Illustrated Greats of the Game Covers #5

2001 Topps Archives #27 (reprint of 1956 Topps #153)
2001 Topps Archives #121
(reprint of 1965 Topps #123)

2014 Topps Heritage 50th Anniversary Buybacks (1965 Topps #123)

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"How does Frank Thomas get in Cooperstown? He takes a bus to Utica, changes for a bus to Cooperstown, walks down the main street until he gets to the Hall of Fame, walks up the stairs and buys a 50-cent admission ticket at the door. He's in, like Flynn."

-- Artie Apuzzo 3