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Thursday, May 26, 2016
Amazing TTM Success - Frank Thomas
He sent me another lengthy letter back, along with his photo order form, so I decided to buy several of the photos he offered. I made the purchase because he uses the money to support a children's charity, and also because he was so nice to write me full length letters and signed my items.
Virgil Trucks was a great friend of mine. After my playing days were over, he got me involved in going on cruises. If he couldn't make the one he was supposed to be on, he would call me and ask me to pitch in for him. One great man. Yes, he was like me, William, in answering his mail, which a lot of players didn't do.
Frank Thomas (b. 1929) played in the majors from 1951 to 1966 for the Pirates, Reds, Cubs, Braves, Mets, Phillies and Astros. He had 1,671 hits, 286 home runs and a .266 batting average. He finished 4th in the 1958 NL MVP voting and was a 3-time All Star. He never played in the playoffs or World Series and oddly enough, even with his career accomplishments, didn't appear on the Hall of Fame ballot.
I originally mailed to Mr. Thomas on April 18 and got the cards back on May 2, for a 14-day TAT. I sent off for the photos on May 20 and got those back today (May 26) for a 6-day TAT.
Mr. Thomas is also offering signed 8x10s that I still intend to purchase. One of which shows all of his baseball cards and the other shows him and three other Braves players who made history on June 18, 1961. He, along with Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron and Joe Adcock hit 4 home runs in succession against the Reds. A pretty huge feat in the annals of baseball history. I want to spend the $20 on that one real soon.