Day: January 20, 2017

1998 — Thomas displays the personality of Big Hurt in his prime

1998 -- Thomas displays the personality of Big Hurt in his prime :This CBM vintage baseball podcast features all-time White Sox hitter Frank Thomas

Frank Thomas built up enough of a reputation with the Sox to launch his own beer brand in Chicago, as Thomas (left) is depicted doing in 2012.

By on January 20, 2017

The Chicago Baseball Museum is presenting classic interviews from the archives of CBM historian George Castle’s “Diamond Gems” syndicated weekly baseball radio show, which aired from 1994 to 2010.

Continuing a series of vintage talks with newly-elected Hall of Famers, this interview from early in the 1998 season looks at all-time White Sox hitter Frank Thomas at the peak of his career and his views about team leadership. During this time, Thomas was teamed for two seasons with controversial slugger Albert Belle. The ’98 campaign would prove to be the last of nine seasons the Big Hurt would work at the heart of the lineup alongside future Sox manager Robin Ventura.

“The Diamond Gems Flashback” also features photos of the interviewees from the one-of-a-kind Leo Bauby Photo Collection, emphasizing Chicago baseball. Many photos are available to the general public directly on Ebay via seller name Soxphotos soxphotos | eBay.

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