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Video: Frank Thomas gives emotional Hall of Fame speech

Jul 27, 2014, 5:13 PM EDT

Frank “The Big Hurt” Thomas gave a tremendous speech — reflecting on his parents and upbringing in Georgia — Sunday at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown, New York …

You can catch the other five Hall of Fame speeches — from Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Bobby Cox, Joe Torre, and Tony La Russa — at this link. And bang it here to see the six newest Hall of Fame plaques.

  1. thegoods24 - Jul 27, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Such an awesome dude. I couldn’t care less about the White Sox but how could anyone not be a fan of Frank Thomas. Can’t think of anyone more deserving

  2. ashoreinhawaii - Jul 27, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Why aren’t inductees made to read Ted William’s speech, or Lou Gehrig’s farewell speech?
    Now, no matter which Hall, it’s just a laundry list of thank you’s.
    It’s boring and say’s nothing.

    • nbjays - Jul 27, 2014 at 5:55 PM

      Looks like a typo in your handle there… it’s spelled a$$hole, not ashore.

      • ashoreinhawaii - Jul 28, 2014 at 9:04 AM

        Look, I’m sure he’s as great a guy as he was a player. My point is that awards ceremonies are now nothing but the winners thanking everyone they ever met as not to offend someone.
        They should have a speech coach talk to them in the months before the award. Give them other speeches to look at, or listen to. Show them they have an opportunity to address an audience about their feeling for the game, their concerns for the game, and those they have affection for.
        Let the player know that this skill will serve him for the rest of his days. Do you know how many companies, conventions etc in Chicago would love to have The Big Hurt address them? And how many tens of thousands they would be willing to pay.
        The Hall should help these guys with their speeches. Michael Jordan’s induction speech made him come off like a spiteful little man.
        I’m sure the president of CBS saw Shannon Sharpe’s and was stunned. “That guy does what for us!!!” Now he’s out.

      • nbjays - Jul 28, 2014 at 9:19 AM

        These guys are baseball players, not speechwriters. Let the Hall help them with their speeches? Then the words aren’t theirs anymore. Frank Thomas was paid to play baseball, and he did it damn well… well enough to make the HoF. If his induction speech isn’t up to your lofty standards, too damn bad. Let him thank who he wants using the words he wants to use. I prefer to let my baseball players be genuine, and be themselves, not the product of some media PR machine.

  3. timsizzle83 - Jul 27, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Actually what it says is that he remembers where he came from and who helped him become who he became. Great man and an extraordinary ball player. Him griffey jr and ripken jr were the best in my lifetime and childhood heros of mine, awesome to see him get in on his inaugural.

  4. sportsfanjay - Jul 27, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    Everyone grows up with “a guy” and Frank Thomas was mine. Growing up outside Chicago I was lucky enough to watch him every summer. Told myself years ago when he’s inducted, I’m going to the ceremony. I was in Cooperstown this weekend with my 9 year old and today was unbelievable. Immortalized forever.

  5. jwbiii - Jul 27, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    This may be the only time you will hear Terry Bevington’s name in an induction speech.

  6. nacho50 - Jul 27, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Can’t believe only 5 comments here. You can use this forum for positive too! This guy was one of the best off all time and should be used as an ambassador for baseball much like Ripken. If not for MJ hands down best athlete in Chicago in the 90s.

  7. drunkenhooliganism - Jul 27, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    His words were pretty mundane and boring, but his delivery was moving. The love/pain/hurt/emotion that he delivered is what makes great music, films and speeches.

    I get sent, what seems like, hundreds of videos every day that aren’t worth the twenty seconds it takes to view them, that was worth the 17 minutes.

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