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Thome, Dad Have Hall of Fame Day

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You have to appreciate guys who appreciate the game–and the baseball memorabilia that forms its history.

Some believe it’ll take a few more really good years for Jim Thome to reach the Baseball Hall of Fame. But he’s already a part of it.

The White Sox homer-hitting veteran made good on his promise to personally present his 500th home run ball to the Hall on Thursday. The Peoria, Illinois native and his father Chuck used a Sox off day to visit Cooperstown and hand over the milestone ball to the museum curator.

He also got a private tour of some of the historic baseball memorabilia that’s stashed away. Both he and his father were a little overwhelmed.