Cleveland Indians

Jim Thome's Unexpected Road to the Hall of Fame

May 20, 2018

Three players from the 1989 Major League baseball draft are now in the Hall of Fame. Frank Thomas was drafted in the first round; Jeff Bagwell in the 4th.

To say that 16th round draftee Jim Thome was lightly regarded is an understatement. The Cleveland Indians choosing him as the 331st player Put Thome in the top third of the draft, but well under the radar.

Thome was not drafted at all after playing at Bartonville’s Limestone High School. So instead of pro ball, Jim played one season of junior college baseball at ICC in East Peoria.

This is the story of two major league baseball records that will never be broken, and a notable image in American journalistic history.

Charles “Old Hoss” Radbourn was 1 when his family moved to Bloomington Illinois. At the age of 24, “Hoss” joined the Peoria Reds, an early barnstorming team and he later pitched in the Major Leagues between 1881 and 1891. His career featured two seasons, and two records, that will stand forever.

In order to appreciate Hoss’ exploits, compare these facts:

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Hundreds of poor people will be treated to dinner thanks to a World Series wager between Catholic bishops in Cleveland and Chicago.  Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich  and Cleveland Bishop Richard Lennon bet on the series between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs. 

Chicago Cubs Win It All

Nov 3, 2016
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CLEVELAND (AP) - Tens of thousands of fans flocked to downtown Cleveland for a celebration.