James Howard Thome, called “Jim”, was born on August 27, 1970 in Peoria, Illinois. He is a designated hitter for the Chicago White Sox.

Major Leagues

Cleveland Indians

Team 51 chicago white sox Chicago White Sox
Position First Base
Born 27 Aug 1970
Nationality United States United States
Nickname The Thomenator, Pride of
Team History
51 chicago white sox Chicago White Sox 2006 - present
151 philadelphia phillies Philadelphia Phillies 2003 - 2005
166 cleveland indians Cleveland Indians 1991 - 2002

Jim broke into the majors in 1991, playing third base for the Cleveland Indians.

In 1997, when the Indians traded for Matt Williams, Thome shifted over to first base.

Jim hit 49 home runs with the Indians in 2001, followed by a career-high 52 homers in 2002.

Philadelphia Phillies

After the 2002 season, Jim was a free agent. He accepted a six-year offer from the Philadelphia Phillies.

Jim hit 47 home runs in his first season with the Phillies to finish one behind Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt’s single-season team record of 48 in 1980.

On June 14, 2004, Thome hit his 400th career home run before a home crowd at the brand new Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, surpassing Al Kaline for 37th on the all-time home run list. He ended the 2004 season with 42 homers, giving him 423 for his career, which placed him 35th on the career list.

Jim was hobbled by injuries during the first half of the 2005 season, hitting only .207 with seven home runs and 30 RBI going into the All-Star break. He had season-ending surgery in August.

Chicago White Sox

Jim was traded on November 23, 2005, to the Chicago White Sox, for Aaron Rowand and minor league pitching prospects Gio Gonzalez and Daniel Haigwood to Philadelphia.


Jim and his wife, Andrea, have two children. A son, Landon and a daughter, Lila.

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