Skinny Jim Thome
Way back in 1993 when Jim Thome was struggling to latch on with the Cleveland Indians on a full-time basis he looked a little skinner.
According to his 1993 Topps card, Thome then a third baseman tipped the scales at 215 pounds.
This early career snapshot features a couple of nostalgic glimpses of a game before being marred by the 1994 player’s strike and the current steroid scandal.
First I really like the Tribe’s old “Major League” era uniforms that Thome has on complete with the blue and red stripe down the arms, side panels and the legs.
On the back of the card, Thome is pictured in the classic flip-up sunglasses that most players seem too cool to wear anymore. I remember in little, everybody wanted to wear a pair of those shades.
However the most nostalgic part of this card is the smaller Thome himself. It’s a time when Thome only had about a dozen big league home runs to his credit.
According to his minor league statistics on the back of the card, the trimmer Thome was not a power hitter at all. Throughout four seasons in the minors, including a stint with the Canton-Akron Indians, Thome only slugged 24 home runs.
Fast forward 16 years and two new teams, Thome is now listed at 250 pounds and is the designated hitter for the Chicago White Sox.