Frank J. Thomas
June 11, 1929 - January 16, 2023
Visitation: Thursday 6-8 p.m. & Friday 2-4 & 6-8 p.m.; Devlin Funeral Home, Inc., Ross Twp.
Service: Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, St. Sebastian Church, Saturday 9:30 a.m.
THOMAS FRANK J.
On January 16, 2023, Frank Joseph Thomas, former professional baseball player, husband of the late Dolores “Dodo”, and the father of eight, passed away at the age of 93. Frank accomplished many accolades and achievements during his 16-season major league career including being the first Pittsburgh Pirate on the cover of the July 28, 1958, issue of Sports Illustrated, an original New York Met, and part of the historic and first ever MLB team to hit four consecutive home runs in succession in one inning on June 8, 1961, with his Milwaukee Braves teammates Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, and Joe Adcock (Frank was #4).
He concluded his baseball career playing for seven teams: Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Braves, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, and Houston Astros. Although trades took him around the country, Frank kept his family’s homebase in Pittsburgh, and Dodo and their children would join him in his home team city in the summers during his career. Frank was a 3x All-Star with a.266 batting average, 286 home runs, and 962 RBIs in 1,766 games. Baseball always remained a part of Frank’s life as he continued answering fan mail and collecting and signing baseball cards until his death. He even had a chance to attend the Mets Old Timers’ Day weekend in August 2022 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the inaugural season.
Frank is preceded in death by his wife, Dodo, daughter, Sharon, and sister, Dolores. He is survived by his and Dodo’s children, Joanne, Patty, Frankie, Peter, Maryanne, Paul, and Mark, their 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, his sister Marie and brother Johnny, as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Friends received Thursday from 6-8pm and Friday 2-4pm and 6-8pm at T.B. DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, 806 Perry Hwy., North Hills. Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish at St. Sebastian Church, Saturday 9:30am. In lieu of flowers, the Thomas family would like any donations to be made to Camp Happy Days, Courageous Kidz with Cancer, or Bridges PPG Hospice.