Former Major League Baseball player Frank Thomas died Monday in his hometown of Pittsburgh.
No cause of death is given. He was 93 years old.
Thomas was a three-time All-Star with the Pittsburgh Pirates, playing 16 seasons in the big leagues from 1951-1966.
He spent three years with the Mets, being one of the first members of New York’s expansion team in 1962.
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Both the Mets and Pirates confirmed Thomas’ death on Twitter, with the Mets writing:
During his career, Thomas had a .266 batting average and 286 home runs and 962 runs batted in while playing for the Pirates, Mets, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Braves, Cincinnati Reds and Houston Astros.
He is survived by his seven children.
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Nicknamed “The Original,” Thomas arrived at Citi Field in late August when the Mets held their first Oldies Day in 28 years.
“This is my last pitch for baseball,” he said that day.
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Primarily an outfielder and third baseman, Thomas was named to the National League All-Star teams in 1954, ’55 and ’58, when he set career bests with 35 homers, 109 RBI and an .863 OPS.
He finished fourth in the NL MVP race that year behind Hall of Fame sluggers Ernie Banks, Willie Mays and Hank Aaron and just ahead of another Cooperstown enshrinement, pitcher Warren Spahn.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.