Former Major League Baseball player Frank Thomas passed away Monday in his hometown of Pittsburgh.
No cause of death was given. She was 93.
Thomas was a three-time All-Star with the Pittsburgh Pirates and played 16 Major League seasons from 1951 to 1966.
He spent three years with the Mets, being one of the first members of New York’s expansion team in 1962.
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Both the Mets and Pirates confirmed Thomas’ death on Twitter, with the Mets writing, «We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the original Met Frank Thomas.»
In his career, Thomas had a .266 batting average along with 286 home runs and 962 RBIs, while playing for the Pirates, Mets, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Braves, Cincinnati Reds, and Houston Astros.
He is survived by his seven children.
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Nicknamed «The Original,» Thomas arrived at Citi Field in late August as the Mets celebrated their first Veterans Day in 28 years.
«This is my last adventure with baseball,» he said that day.
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Primarily an outfielder and third baseman, Thomas was selected to National League All-Star teams in 1954, ’55, and ’58, when he set career-best records with 35 home runs, 109 RBIs, and an .863 OPS. .
He finished fourth in the NL MVP race that year behind Hall of Fame sluggers Ernie Banks, Willie Mays and Hank Aaron, and just ahead of another Cooperstown established player: pitcher Warren Spahn.
Associated Press contributed to this report.