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Frank Thomas from the Chronology
Aug 28, 2006 - Behind Esteban Loaiza’s 7 shutout innings the A's roll over the visiting Red Sox, 9-0. Nick Swisher and Frank Thomas each pole their 28th homers. For Thomas it is career #476, putting him in the 23rd spot on the all-time list ahead of Stan Musial and Willie Stargell.
Aug 16, 2006 - Bobby Abreu ties a ML record (Frank Thomas) with his 8th straight season with 100 walks as the Orioles edge the Yankees, 3-2. Max Bishop (1926-33) almost had 8 straight seasons, but one year had 97.
Apr 14, 2006 - Kevin Millwood of the Rangers tops Barry Zito of the A's as both go 7 innings in the 6-3 Texas win. Frank Thomas of the A's hits his 200th HR as a DH to join Babe Ruth and Ernie Banks as the only big-leaguers to hit 200 or more homers at two different positions. Ruth hit 357 as a right fielder and 313 as a left fielder, Banks hit 210 as a first baseman and 277 as a shortstop. Thomas hit 249 as a first baseman.
Apr 5, 2006 - The A's use a five-run 8th to beat the visiting Yankees, 9-4. Yankees RF Gary Sheffield hits his 450th career HR and passes Frank Thomas and Jeff Bagwell into 28th place on the all time HR list. Thomas, now playing for the A’s, has some satisfaction, collecting 3 RBI.
Nov 23, 2005 - The Phillies send 1B Jim Thome and cash to the White Sox in exchange for OF Aaron Rowand and minor league Ps Giovany Gonzalez and Daniel Haigwood. The move signals the end of Frank Thomas in a White Sox uniform.
Apr 9, 2001 - Chicago rookie Rocky Biddle survives 5 rocky innings-2 run and 10 hits-to get the 9-2 win over the Indians. In the 6th Tribe reliever Steve Woodard stops a Frank Thomas line drive with his pitching elbow and leaves the game on a stretcher. He'll be out of action for a month and when he comes back he'll ask to be traded.
Nov 19, 1996 - The Chicago White Sox make Albert Belle the highest paid player in history when they sign the free agent slugger to a $55 million dollar‚ 5-year contract. Belle's annual salary of $11 million exceeds Ken Griffey, Jr. ($8‚500‚000) and Frank Thomas ($7‚250‚000) in annual take‚ and is just $750‚000 short of the Milwaukee Brewers' total payroll for 1996. It includes an clause stating that unless Belle is one of the three highest paid players in baseball‚ he has the right to renegotiate or file for free agency. By mid-1998‚ Greg Maddux‚ Pedro Martinez‚ and Gary Sheffield will all sign contracts more lucrative than Belle's deal‚ allowing Belle to declare himself a free agent at the conclusion of the season. Acting Commissioner Bud Selig‚ reacting to owners outrage‚ calls a meeting for next Tuesday in Chicago in response to the signing.