Yes, Jim Thome broke in with the Cleveland Indians.
And, yes, Thome became a star in Cleveland.
And, yes, Thome’s likeness will most likely be sporting an Indians cap on his Hall of Fame plaque
And, yes, Thome arguably had two of his most productive seasons in Philadelphia
White Sox fans certainly have every right to consider Thome, who was elected to the Hall “one of their own.”
“Big Jim” provided Sox fans with some HUGE moments AND really enjoyed being on the Southside.
If he didn’t like it here, would he still be a member of the organization?
With Cooperstown clearing out a space on its wall for him, here’s a look at Thome and all things White Sox, @soxnerd style!
*HALL MONITORING: Thome is the 30th White Sox player to earn induction into the Hall of Fame (31 if you count Jocko Conlan, who played with the Sox but went into the Hall as an umpire) … Thome is the 16th Sox player to make the Hall on the writers ballot. The rest earned induction via the Veterans or Old-Timers committees. … The only Sox players who earned induction into the Hall on the first ballot with a higher percentage than Thome’s 89.8 were Ken Griffey Jr. (99.3), Tom Seaver (98.8) and Steve Carlton (95.82). … Thome joins the three players mentioned above and Frank Thomas as the Sox only first-ballot Hall of Famers
*SOX TOTALS: Thome hit .265 with a .391 on-base percentage and .542 slugging percentage with 134 home runs and 369 RBI in 529 games for the Sox from 2006 to 2009
*HE’S NO. 1: Thome is first in Sox history with an average of one homer every 13.2 at bats
*SOX RANKINGS: Thome’s 134 homers are 13th in Sox history and third among lefties behind Harold Baines (221) and Robin Ventura (171). … Thome’s .542 slugging percentage is second in club annals to Thomas’ .568 and his on-base percentage is seventh.
*BIG YIELDS ON SHIELDS: Thome is second among New Comiskey Park/U.S. Cellular Field/Guaranteed Rate Field visitors with 19 homers behind Torii Hunter’s 20. … He is fourth overall with 98 homers at the park behind Frank Thomas (263), Paul Konerko (259) and Magglio Ordonez (113)
*SOCKING THE SOX: Thome homered in his first at bat against the Sox. On June 29, 1992, Thome went deep in the second inning off Jack McDowell in the White Sox 9-6 win at Cleveland Stadium. Thome batted eighth and played third base that day. … Thome hit .300 with 43 homers and 117 RBI in 144 games against the Sox.
*FIRST HR VS. SOX: Thome homered in his first game at New Comiskey Park/U.S. Cellular Field/Guaranteed Rate Field. On May 3, 1994, Thome accounted for Cleveland’s only run with an eighth inning homer Alex Fernandez in the Sox 12-1 victory. After hitting that homer, Thome was replaced by Herbert Perry, making his big league debut, at third in the bottom of the inning.
*HOW HE GOT HERE: Heading into his age 35 and 16th season, Thome was acquired by the Sox with cash for Aaron Rowand, minor leaguer Daniel Haigwood and a player to be named later, who turned out to be pitcher Gio Gonzalez on Nov. 25, 2005. … At the time, only Jose Canseco joined the Sox with more homers (446 in 2001) than Thome’s 430.
*OPENING WITH A BANG: Thome homered in his first game with the White Sox. On the night the Sox raised their 2005 championship banner and in front of an ESPN Sunday Night Baseball audience, Thome launched a two-run homer in the fourth inning of the Sox 10-4 rain-shortened win over Cleveland at U.S. Cellular Field.
*OPENING DAY EXCELLENCE: Thome hit a franchise record four home runs on Opening Day and went deep in three of his four season-starting games for the Sox. He hit .400 (6-for-15) in curtain-raisers for the Sox. In his last Sox Opener in 2009, Thome launched a three-run go-ahead homer in the eighth off Kyle Farnsworth in a 4-2 win at U.S. Cellular Field.
*NICE APRIL: Thome set White Sox record with 10 home runs in April of 2006
*A RECORD RUN: Thome scored a run in a big league record 17 consecutive games to start a season for the 2006 White Sox
*STAR GAZING: Thome represented the White Sox at the 2006 All-Star Game. As one of manager Ozzie Guillen’s seven Sox representatives, Thome grounded out against Tom Gordon as a pinch-hitter for Johan Santana in the eighth inning of the American League’s 3-2 win in Pittsburgh.
*RECORDS: Thome’s 42 home runs in 2006 are the most by a player in his first season with the White Sox and the most by a Sox left-handed hitter. … *Thome joins Jermaine Dye as the only set of White Sox teammates to hit 40 homers in the same season (2006). … Thome set Sox record with 14 RBI over a three-game span from July 11, 12, 17, 2009
*LAUDED: Thome hit .500 (5-for-10) with two homers and seven RBI in being named A.L. Player of the Week for the period ending July 19, 2006
*MORE AWARDS: Thome was named A.L. Comeback Player of the Year by MLB and The Sporting News after hitting .288 with 42 homers and 107 RBI for the 2006 White Sox
*YOU AWESOME, BIG MAN! Thome’s 500th homer was a walkoff shot for the White Sox in a win over the Angels on Sept. 16, 2007 at U.S. Cellular Field … Thome became the first player to hit a walkoff homer for his 500th in the 9-7 triumph. … He was the 23rd player to reach the milestone and the third to do it in 2007 (Alex Rodriguez and Frank Thomas). … The homer off a 3-2 pitch ended an 0-for-11 slump for Thome.
*THE LEADER: Thome led the 2007 White Sox in average, runs, home runs, RBI, on-base percentage and slugging percentage
*THE THUMB: The last of Thome’s three ejections came April 11, 2008 when plate umpire James Hoye gave him the heave-ho in the fifth for arguing balls and strikes
*BIG BOMB: Thome’s 464-foot home run on June 4, 2008 was the first to land on the center field concourse at U.S. Cellular Field
*IN THE CLUTCH: Thome’s 461-foot homer in the seventh lifted White Sox to a 1-0 win over the Twins in the A.L. Central tie-breaking game (aka “The Blackout Game”) on Sept. 30, 2008 at U.S. Cellular Field
*PLAYOFFS! Thome hit .125 (2-for-16) with a run, a double, an RBI and a walk for the Sox in the 2008 Division Series loss to Tampa Bay. … Thome started all four games at DH and hit cleanup in every game but Game 2 when he hit fifth. … His lone RBI came in Game 2 when a first-inning single drove in Orlando Cabrera to give the Sox a 1-0 lead in a contest they would eventually lose, 5-2. … Thome’s final postseason hit was a double in the fourth-inning of Game 3 at U.S. Cellular Field. He eventually scored on an Alexei Ramirez sac fly that gave the Sox the lead for good in a 5-3 win. … Thome’s last postseason at bat for the Sox came in the ninth inning of Game 4 when he struck out.
*BIG DAY: Thome hit two home runs (including a grand slam) with a career-best seven RBI in White Sox 12-8 win over Orioles on July 17, 2009 at U.S. Cellular Field
*EPILOGUE: Thome’s Sox playing career came to an end when he was sent to the Dodgers for minor leaguer Justin Fuller on Aug. 31, 2009. … Thome was hired by the Sox as a special assistant to the general manager in June of 2012.