By Evan Moore
When former Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas hit a baseball, fans remembered it. Now, his home state will recognize him for his achievements.
Thomas will be inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.
The Columbus, Ga. native played 19 seasons in the Major Leagues, 16 of which were spent with the White Sox. He won the American League’s Most Valuable Player award twice and was named to the All-Star team five times.
Thomas retired in 2008 with 521 HR, a .301 batting average and 1,704 RBI.
Thomas is the White Sox franchise leader in home runs, runs batted in, runs, doubles, walks, intentional walks, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS.
The former designated hitter tweeted his gratitude:
I would like to thank the Georgia Hall of fame for selecting me as a new member. It's always great to be acknowledged by your home state.— Frank Thomas (@TheBigHurt_35) September 26, 2013
Seven others will join Thomas -- including former Georgia Tech head basketball coach Bobby Cremins -- as members of the latest Hall of Fame class.
The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held Macon, Ga. on Feb. 22.