There was no bigger name among Cleveland’s streets in the 90s.
Jacob’s Field was packed with Jim Thome jerseys from April to October. The slugging third baseman became a hero to children and adults alike as his mammoth moonshots into the bleachers became a spectacle.
On Sunday, Thome joined baseball’s greats in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
An estimated 53,000 of baseball’s biggest fans packed the field at Cooperstown’s Clark Sports Center to witness Thome, Chipper Jones, Trevor Hoffman, Vladimir Guerrero, Alan Trammell and Jack Morris join baseball’s biggest legends as the class of 2018.
Thome was the last of the inductees to speak and receive his plaque, but the Indians fans in attendance were happy to wait for his moment.
“What can I say about Cleveland?” Thome said. “My time in Northeast Ohio shaped the person that I am today.”
Family was also an integral part of Thome’s speech as he thanked his wife, Andrea, and their kids, Landon and Lila, who sang the national anthem to lead off the induction ceremony.
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