When slugger Frank Thomas stepped to the lectern during his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, he had a lot of people to thank—138 to be exact. But along with the expected targets of gratitude (family, teammates, coaches), the Chicago White Sox star known as the Big Hurt sent some love to the ones who kept him on his often-injured feet.
“I want to have a special thanks to all my doctors. I couldn't include all of you today, but a few of you, I'd like to say, thanks again.”
He named sports medicine specialist Dr. James Boscardin, White Sox team physician Dr. Scott Price, White Sox team podiatrist Dr. Lowell Weil Sr. and Oakland Athletics team physician Dr. Elliott Schwartz. Thomas also gave a shoutout to an orthopedic surgeon he credited with helping him hit the last 69 of his career 521 home runs by fixing a broken bone in his foot.