Tune in to Comcast SportsNet tonight for a celebration of Frank Thomas' Hall of Fame career! At 6:30, catch the hour-long documentary "Welcome to Cooperstown: Frank Thomas" and at 7:30 re-live one of the Big Hurt's biggest games with the broadcast of the White Sox-Indians game from July 27, 1993. Why is that game important? See below.
When Frank Thomas stepped up to the plate in the seventh inning on July 27, 1993, the White Sox had a 39 percent chance of beating Cleveland.
Following Craig Grebeck's two-out RBI double, Thomas came to bat with runners on second and third. And on a 2-2 offering from Indians starter Jeff Murtis, Thomas walloped a three-run homer to put the White Sox ahead for good.
That home run was worth a 48 percent increase in the White Sox chances to win, catapulting the odds from 39 percent to 87 percent. But that wasn't all Thomas did.
In the sixth, Thomas hit a solo home run to cut the score to 4-2 — worth a 10 percent increase in win probability. He also delivered a two-out RBI single in the third and kicked off his 4-4 day at the plate with a single in the first.
Combine all that together, and Thomas' raised the White Sox chances of winning the game by 69.9 percent on that July night, making it the most impactful game of his career.
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But the 4-4, two home run, five RBI game from Thomas was a rarity in team history. Only seven White Sox players have gone 4-4 with at least two home runs and five RBIs, and the list is a pretty random collection of stars and blasts from the past:
Al Simmons (June 11, 1933 vs. Detroit)
Merv Connors (Sept. 17, 1938 vs. Philadelphia)
Ivan Calderon (May 31, 1987 vs. Boston)
Frank Thomas (July 27, 1993 vs. Cleveland)
Magglio Ordonez (July 16, 2000 vs. Milwaukee)
Tony Graffanino (May 14, 2002 vs. Texas)
Adam Dunn (June 10, 2013 vs. Toronto)
The last player to have as big of an impact as Thomas did on July 27, 1993: Dayan Viciedo, who upped the White Sox chances of winning by 69.9 percent on May 4, 2014 when he hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the ninth to push the White Sox to a win over Cleveland.