Comcast SportsNet's newest original production, Welcome to Cooperstown: Frank Thomas, will premiere on a television near you on July 17th at 6:30 and 10 p.m. Join the conversation during the programming by using #BigHurtHOF on Twitter, and stick with CSNChicago.com as we count down to his Hall of Fame induction by highlighting some of the greatest moments of his career.
It was simple, really.
It wasn't thought out ahead of time. It wasn't something Hawk Harrelson imagined would go down forever in MLB history.
The facts were plain and simple: When Frank Thomas was up to bat, he'd hurt that ball time after time.
And just like that, a nickname was born; a nickname that just about perfectly fit the career of a Hall of Famer.
"It just blurt out one day. I kept saying 'he'd hurt it, he'd hurt it, he'd hurt it' — he'd kill one into left center, he'd hurt it," Harrelson said.
"He hits a home run and I want him go to first base and I said 'The Big Hurt' and just blurted it out. And that's how it came about. It turned out to be a pretty good nickname for him."