The “original” Frank Thomas, who hit 35 home runs and drove in 109 runs for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1958, is still around, still signing autographs and still helping youngsters.
Thomas played for six teams during the 1950s and 60s, amassing 286 homers as a teammate of players like Roberto Clemente, Frank Robinson and Hank Aaron. His ’58 season landed him on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Thomas, who was also an avid collector of his own cards for many years, is now 90 years old but remains active. Any money he makes from signing autographs these days goes to charities supporting children with cancer.
“I still feel blessed,” the Pittsburgh resident told a Catholic-based newspaper that chronicled his life, his faith, and his relationship with the two charitable organizations he helps support.
By the way, Thomas is offering a signed 8-by-10 photograph from his time with the Milwaukee Braves that pictures him along with Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews and Joe Adcock. The photos are $22 or $20 with a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Requests may be mailed to: 4202 Lenox Oval, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15237-1659.