Jim Thome Goes Into The Hall of Fame This Weekend

(Cooperstown, NY) - This weekend, former Indians slugger Jim Thome becomes only the 54th Major League Baseball player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame after being elected on his first ballot

Thome's 612 home runs helped propel the native of Peoria, Illinois into baseball's shrine.  During his career, he had at .276 batting average, played in 2,543 games, and had 2,328 hits.  Thome spent most of his career in an Indians uniform, and will be inducted to the Hall of Fame as a Cleveland Indian, but he also spent time with the White Sox, Phillies, Dodgers, Twins, and Orioles.

Thome's best season was 2002 with the Tribe, when he hit a career-high 52 home runs, got 118 RBIs, and led the American League in walks, slugging percentage, and on-base plus slugging.

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By David Maxwell

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