James Leroy Thomas
Bats: Left , Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2" , Weight: 198 lb.
Born: February 5, 1936 in Peoria, IL
Aquired via trade with the New York Yankees with Ryne Duren and Johnny James to the Los Angeles Angels for Bob Cerv and Tex Clevenger on May 8, 1961.
Later traded by the Los Angees Angels to the Boston Red Sox for Lou CLinton on June 4, 1964.
Pinch hit for Ken Hamlin in the 9th and flew out to left in a 5-4 loss at Minnesota on May 12, 1961.
1961 - 1964
Hit 61 HR with 253 RBI with a .265 batting average in 486 games over 4 years (26 HR with 104 RBI in 1962).
1961 Topps All-Star Rookie Team (24 HR, 70 RBI, .284)
AL All-Star (1962)
A powerful outfielder and first baseman who batted left-handed and threw right-handed. Originally a member of the New York Yankees organization (1954-61), Thomas could not break into the Bombers' strong lineup despite putting up strong offensive statistics in minor league baseball. He had two at bats for the 1961 Yanks (garnering one hit), then was traded to the expansion Los Angeles Angels during the Halos' first American League season. As an everyday player with the Angels and Boston Red Sox from 1961-65, Thomas topped the 20 home run mark three times, and drove in 104 RBI for the Angels in 1962. The remainder of his major league playing career (1966-68) was spent in the National League as a part-time player and pinch hitter with the Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros. He compiled a career batting average of .255 with 106 home runs. After his major league career, he played in Japan in 1969 for the Nankai Hawks.
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