Frank Thomas

Today in Performance Sneaker History: Frank Thomas Hits 100 RBIs for the 8th Straight Season

When it comes to intimidating sluggers of the ’90s, few were as feared as designated hitter Frank Thomas. “The Big Hurt” played 18 seasons professionally and spent the bulk of his career with the Chicago White Sox. Known for blasting homers out of the park on a regular basis, Frank Thomas was a 5-time MLB All-Star, 4-time Silver Slugger Award winner, and was selected as the AL MPV on two occasions. Ranked 18th of all time in career home runs, Thomas was a force from the plate and the cause for lost sleep amongst many of the league’s pitchers. But he was also known for helping out his team by routinely batting in runs, and his career total of 1,704 RBIs stands as the 22nd highest of all time.

On September 18, 1998, Thomas continued a tradition by reaching 100 RBIs in the season, a mark he had reached on all eight of his professional years. As the White Sox pulled out a close 11-9 victory over the Boston Red Sox, Thomas batted in two runs and helped cement himself as one of the game’s top batters.

Frank Thomas’ sneaker career saw nearly as many changes as his MLB career. Wearing Nike in his early days, Thomas eventually wound up with Reebok, who released his most notable sneaker, the Reebok Big Hurt. Originally released in 1996, this classic trainer is finally making its return next year. Stick with Sneaker Report for more on the re-release of this mid-’90s classic.

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