16 Facts About Jim Thome

Jim Thome’s 21-year career is a rare testament to Ripken-esque longevity. Tonight Thome returns to his original team, the Cleveland Indians just in time for his birthday. Here are some facts you probably didn’t know about the Five-Time All-Star:

  • Has two nicknames: “Jimbo Slice” and “Ol Hickory”
  • In his first season, baseball was still two words.
  • Called then-commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis “A real sonufabitch.”
  • Early career was basis for “The Natural”.
  • Played in the first televised baseball game.
  • Played for the Indians before the “Chief Wahoo” logo seemed racist.
  • Borrowed fellow Chicago White Sox player Joe Jackson’s shoes, forgot to return them.
  • In Thome’s first season, Cleveland was still “really nice”.
  • Wrote the famous Tom Hanks line “There’s no crying in baseball!”
  • Is Drew Carey’s dad.
  • Has played for all 30 Major League Baseball teams and 2 Negro Leagues teams.
  • Voted for Grover Cleveland – twice!
  • Has hit over 600 home runs.
  • Recently admitted to being older than Chipper Jones.
  • Stole ear of corn from “Field of Dreams” set.
  • Likes coffee
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3 responses to “16 Facts About Jim Thome

  1. Cuervo Jones

    God damn you Messrs. Jones and Manfredi. I should rap you both about the ears mightily.

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