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Reached base in 15 consecutive plate appearances, falling one short of Ted Williams' major league record.
Tied a club record on June 5 at Boston when he drew five walks ... Recorded his 1,000 major league hit on July 1 vs. Minnesota ... Was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 8, with a stress fracture of the third metatarsa, the long bone running from the ankle to the toe, on July 11. It marks the first time in his career that he has been placed on the DL. His stretch of 346 consecutive games played, which ranked second longest in the majors at the time of his injury, came to an end ... Set a career high with 134 RBI on the season ... Also ranked among league leaders in average (.349, 2nd), On base percentage (.459, 3rd), slugging average (.626, 6th), total bases (330, 8th) and home runs (40, 8th) ... Hit safely in each of the first 15 games ... Selected to his fifth All-Star team.
His 40 homers were one short of the club record he set in 1993 ... Was the tops in the American League in walks (136), intentional walks (29) and sacrifice flies (12), tied for the lead in games played (145), was second in on-base percentage (.454), tied for second in homers, was third in slugging percentage (.606), tied for fifth in RBI (111), tied for sixth in total bases (299), tied for seventh in extra-base hits (67) and ranked ninth in runs (102) ... Hit in his 100th run on Sept. 13 vs. Angels to become the first player in major-league history to have 100 walks and 100 RBI five consecutive years ... At the five-year mark he had hit 170 homers the third-highest total in AL history behind Joe DiMaggio and Mark McGwire (both at 173) ... Reached base safely 294 times, second in the league to Seattle's Edgar Martinez (306).
Nicknamed 'The Big Hurt' ... Only four players this century have hurt opposing pitchers to the degree Thomas has over the past few years: With his outstanding 1993 season, he joined Babe Ruth (1919-'21), Jimmie Foxx (1934-'36), Lou Gehrig (1929-'32, 1934-'37), and Ted Williams (1946-'49) as the only players to bat over .300 with more than 20 home runs, 100 RBI, 100 runs, and 100 walks in three consecutive seasons ... Entering 1994, he ranks third among active players in career batting average (.321), behind only Wade Boggs (.335) and Tony Gwynn (.329).
Was the unanimous choice as AL Most Valuable Player, becoming the 10th AL player to receive every first-place vote ... Became the third White Sox to win the award, following Nellie Fox (1959) and Dick Allen (1972) ... Won the Silver Slugger Award as the league's outstanding offensive first baseman ... His 41 homers established a new franchise record ... Ranked in the AL top 10 in hitting (.317), homers, RBI (128), runs (106), total bases (333), walkes (112), on-base percentage (.426), slugging percentage (.607), and extra-base hits (77) ... Led the league in at-bats per RBI (4.3:1) and was third in at-bats per home run (13.4:1) ... Honored by his peers with the Players Choice Award as the top major league player and was tabbed as the first baseman on the AP Major League All-Star Team ... Was the 10th-hardest player in the league to strike out ... Double Sept. 15 at Kansas City set a new club extra-base hit mark, breaking Joe Jackson's record ... Led the team with a .336 average, 21 home runs, and 60 RBI after the All-Star break ... 22 of his home runs tied the score or put Chicago ahead, including 13 of his last 16 ... Hit 10 home runs in August, earning Player of the Month honors, after hitting 11 in July ... Batted .420 on the first pitch, second-best in the AL ... Had his third four-hit game Aug. 3 at Texas ... Broke Minnie Minoso's club record for sacrifice flies, hitting 13 to Minoso's 12 in 1961 ... Went 1-1 in his first All-Star Game ... Went hitless June 29 at Cleveland to end an 18-game hitting streak, the longest of the season by a Chicago player ... Hit his second career grand slam April 30 against Toronto.
Led the AL in extra-base hits (72) and on-base percentage (.439) ... Tied for first in doubles (46) and walks (122) ... Also ranked in the top five in runs, average, slugging percentage, RBI, total bases, and hits ... Hit his 46th double Oct. 3, setting a new club record ... Named AL Player of the Month for September ... Had the first five-hit game of his career Sept. 16 at New York ... Put together a career-high 19-game hitting streak (32-74, .432) that came to an end Aug. 10 at Oakland ... Became the first player in White Sox history to walk 100 times in consecutive seasons ... Batted .343 with 17 home runs and 85 RBI after being moved to the third spot in the order June 6 ... Hit two home runs, including the 10th-inning game-winner, May 8 at Baltimore ... Became the first White Sox player to drive in 100 or more runs in consecutive seasons since Minnie Minoso in 1953 and '54.
Finished his first full season in the majors third in the AL MVP voting, behind Cal Ripken of Baltimore and Cecil Fielder of Detroit ... Named to both the AP and The Sporting News postseason All-Star teams ... Finished second to Chili Davis in the AL Outstanding Designated Hitter voting ... Reached base safely 317 times to become the 38th player in modern major league history to reach base safely at least 300 times in a season ... Set a new single-season franchise record for walks in a season Sept. 28 against Seattle, breaking Lu Blue's 60-year-old record of 127 (Thomas finished with 138 on the year) ... Led the AL in on-base percentage (.453), was fifth in home runs (32) and RBI (109), eighth in runs (104) and ninth in batting average (.318) ... His 32 home runs tied for sixth on the all-time White Sox single-season list ... Was named AL Player of the Month for August after hitting .371 (41-110) with eight homers, 27 RBI, and 24 walks ... 309 total bases ranked third on the all-time franchise list ... White Sox went 22-8 in games in which he homered ... 24 of his 32 homers came at Chicago's Comiskey Park ... Was only the second Sox player to bat over .300, hit at least 30 home runs, and drive in over 100 runs (Dick Allen, 1972: .308, 37, 113) ... Started 101 games as DH and 56 at first base.
A Minor League Player of the Year effort at Birmingham (AA) earned him an August promotion to Chicago ... Made his debut Aug. 2 at Milwaukee ... Hit safely in 45 of his 60 games and batted .330, the highest mark by a White Sox player with at least 200 plate appearances since Taffy Wright's .333 in 1942 ... Named AL Player of the Week on Sept. 24 ... Had a .989 fielding percentage at first base ... His total of 156 walks in the major and minor leagues led professional baseball.