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Today in Tribe History: August 27, 1970

1970 – Jim Thome is born in Peoria, Illinois. Thome will grow up to become a five-time All-Star in his 22-year career and one of the more prolific sluggers of his era and in the history of baseball. He ranks seventh in Major League Baseball history with 612 home runs. He is also second all-time in strikeouts and seventh in walks. He spent parts of 13 seasons in Cleveland, including...
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The Greatest Summer Ever: Jim Thome

Throughout the 2015 season, Did the Tribe Win Last Night will take a look back at the 1995 Cleveland Indians for the 20th anniversary of their fourth pennant winning season. Included will be historic game recaps, headlining stories and a ranking of the team’s most influential players that truly made 1995 The Greatest Summer Ever. Today looks back at player #7 Jim Thome. Jim Thome...
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Jim Thome to Get His Own Highway

For Jim Thome…life is a highway. Literally. Last month, Illinois state lawmakers voted unanimously (96-0!) to rename a two mile section of US Route 24 after the future Hall of Famer. Bill HJR0090, as it is now known, has moved on to the state Senate where it is expected to, again, pass with flying colors. Before being drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 1989, Thome graduated from...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Former Cleveland Indian Jim Thome to have street named after him in home town

Former Indians slugger Jim Thome is a legendary figure in the eyes of many fans. Last year, Cleveland built a statue for him outside of Progressive Field. Now, he will have a street named after him -- in his home town of Peoria, IL. From the Peoria Journal Star: State lawmakers unanimously voted Tuesday to rename part of U.S. Route 24 after retired Major League Baseball star Jim...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Indians unveil Jim Thome statue outside stadium

Jim Thome hasn’t seen live pitching since October 2012…and hasn’t talked about retirement in even longer. Until Saturday night. “I had always hoped I could do it as a Cleveland Indian and, this afternoon, I signed an honorary one-day contract so that I could make a dream come true,” the five-time All-Star told the crowd at Progressive Field.  “I am humbled and grateful...
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August 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Hamilton and Thome get their days as Progressive Field celebrates 20 years

CLEVELAND -- Tom Hamilton didn't want Friday night to be about him, but on a weekend when the Indians are celebrating 20 years at the Corner of Ontario and Carnegie and unveiling a statue of one of the greatest players of the Jacobs/Progressive Field Era, it is appropriate that the franchise honored him. Hamilton, who is in his 25th season calling Indians games on radio, didn't know...
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August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

SportsTime Ohio to showcase Jim Thome statue unveiling ceremony

This Saturday, August 2nd, Jim Thome will join Cleveland Indians legend Bob Feller as the only players honored with a statue at Progressive Field. The Tribe will unveil the statue of their all-time home run leader (337 of his 612 home runs came with the Tribe) during a special ceremony starting at 5:00pm. SportsTime Ohio will feature the ceremony in a special hour-long Indians Live...
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July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Jim Thome airmails first pitch

Jim Thome spent a lot of his career as a designated hitter, and with his first pitch for the Chicago White Sox's Triple-A affiliate Thome showed why. Heads up in the first row! That first pitch was absolutely brutal, but then again, Thome hit 612 home runs so it is tough to make fun of him too much. I'm not sure whose was worse, Thome's or Carly Rae Jepsen's from last year.  
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April 12, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jim Thome throws out laughably bad first pitch

Future Hall of Famer Jim Thome confirmed why he was a designated hitter for the majority of his career when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Triple-A Charlotte Knights on Friday. Thome played for eight teams, was a five-time All Star, collected 2,328 hits and hit 612 home runs during his illustrious 22-year career, but there’s a reason pitching isn’t on his impressive...
April 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Jim Thome is making a return to the diamond, sorta

Jim Thome will make a grand return to the baseball diamond this Friday. The future Hall of Famer will throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Triple-A Charlotte Knights on Friday, as they open their season at the new BB&T Ballpark. The former Indians slugger played for the Knights in 1993, when they were Cleveland's Triple-A affiliate. That season, Thome hit 25 homers and...
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

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