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“Frank Thomas Day” In Illinois

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Former Chicago White Sox Frank Thomas talks to reporters during an availability in Cooperstown, New York on July 26, 2014. Inductee Glavin, Atlanta Braves pitcher Greg Maddux and White Sox's Frank Thomas will be inducted with managers Tony La Russa, Joe Torre and Bobby Cox into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 27, 2014.  UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Former Chicago White Sox Frank Thomas talks to reporters during an availability in Cooperstown, New York on July 26, 2014. Inductee Glavin, Atlanta Braves pitcher Greg Maddux and White Sox’s Frank Thomas will be inducted with managers Tony La Russa, Joe Torre and Bobby Cox into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 27, 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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CHICAGO (KMOX) - Sunday is “Frank Thomas Day” across Illinois.

Governor Pat Quinn signed a proclamation to recognize the retired Chicago White Sox slugger’s induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

“Every time Frank Thomas stepped into the box, you knew something special might happen. He was one of the greatest hitters around, and now the ‘Big Hurt’ will be entering baseball’s prestigious Hall of Fame as a member of the White Sox. In honor of Frank and his contributions to the sport of baseball, I proclaim Sunday as Frank Thomas Day in Illinois, ” Quinn said.

Thomas had a career batting average over .300, hit 521 home runs, and drove in 1,704 RBI over the course of 19 seasons in the Major Leagues. He was a 5 time All-Star, 2 time American League MVP, and once an American League batting champion.

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