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Frank Thomas calls out FOX News for falsely claiming he died

Frank Thomas delivers a speech

Jul 27, 2014; Cooperstown, NY, USA; Frank Thomas makes his acceptance speech during the class of 2014 national baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at National Baseball Hall of Fame. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Former Chicago White Sox first baseman Frank Thomas was mistakenly included in a FOX News program’s “In Memoriam” segment. The man known fondly as “The Big Hurt” is very much alive and well.

Friday’s edition of “The Faulkner Focus” mourned the supposed death of the 55-year-old Thomas alongside several other prominent figures who died this year. On-field highlights of Thomas, including a clip of his Hall of Fame induction in 2014, were shown on screen with a chyron that read, “FRANK THOMAS 1968-2023.”

FOX News later apologized and admitted that they had “misidentified” which baseball player named Frank Thomas they were supposed to eulogize. They meant to include former Pirates outfielder Frank Thomas in the segment. The 3-time All-Star died in January at the age of 93.

Thomas, the White Sox slugger, reacted to the error by calling out the “irresponsible” reporting done by his former employer.

“Ladies and Gentlemen I’m very sorry my ex employer Fox would be this irresponsible on National TV this morning. Yes I’m alive and doing well. This blows my mind also,” said Thomas on X.

The 2-time MVP previously worked for FOX Sports MLB up until this year, when the network replaced him with another Hall-of-Famer.


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