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Has White Sox great Frank Thomas received the recognition he deserves?

March 23 2004--White Sox slugger Frank Thomas during batting practice Tucscomplex--Sun-Times phoby Tom Cruze

March 23, 2004--White Sox slugger Frank Thomas during batting practice at Tucson complex--Sun-Times photo by Tom Cruze

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Updated: February 26, 2013 6:38AM

During the 1999 season — when Frank hit only 15 home runs — I took down the poster and replaced it with one of Pedro Martinez. I’m sorry, Frank. You deserved better.

By all accounts, Frank today is a success. He’s a certain Hall of Famer, undiminished by the allegations of steroid use that have shrunken giants such as Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds down to size. He’s a successful entrepreneur, even if Big Hurt Beer gets lousy reviews from the beer snobs. And he has both a World Series ring and a statue on the outfield concourse at U.S. Cellular Field.

Still, Frank is appreciated by Sox fans more than adored. He remains a shade short of legendary. Frank was never gritty enough for Bridgeport or savvy enough for downtown. Even now, 14 years later, I wonder why I took the poster down, and who’s to blame: Frank or me? CLICK HERE for the rest of the story.

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