Frederick Harvey Thomas
Third Base, Shortstop

5'10", 160 lbs., Batted Right, Threw Right
Born: December 19, 1892, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Died: January 15, 1986, Rice Lake, Wisconsin

Debut: April 22, 1918

Fred Thomas made his major league debut with the Red Sox on April 22, 1918 when he was 25 years old. He left the team in late June to join the Navy, but returned on a 10-day furlough to play third base against the Chicago Cubs in the World Series.

Thomas was originally the property of the Cleveland Indians, but he was traded to Boston in 1916 along with pitcher Sam Jones in the infamous Tris Speaker deal. Boston manager Bill Carrigan chose Thomas over Bill Wambsganss when completing the deal. Thomas spent 1916 in New Orleans and 1917 in Providence.

Thomas played with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1919 and 1920 plus three games with the Washington Senators in 1920 before retiring. With the help of his wife, Constance Sawyer, he opened a resort on Big Chetac Lake in Birchwood, Wisconsin. The resort is still in operation, run by Thomas's two sons.

 

Batting
Year Ag  Tm Lg   G  AB  R   H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS  BB  SO  BA   OBP  SLG  TB SH HBP
1918 25 BOS AL  44 144 19  37  2  1  1  11  4     15  20 .257 .331 .306  44  4  1
1919 26 PHA AL 124 453 42  96 11 10  2  23 12     43  52 .212 .283 .294 133 19  2
1920 27 PHA AL  76 255 27  59  6  3  1  11  8  4  26  17 .231 .307 .290  74 12  2
        WSH AL   3   7  0   1  0  0  0   0  0  1   0   1 .143 .143 .143   1  0  0
        TOT AL  79 262 27  60  6  3  1  11  8  5  26  18 .229 .303 .286  75 12  2
3 Seasons      247 859 88 193 19 14  4  45 24  5  84  90 .225 .297 .293 252 35  5

Fielding
Year Ag Tm Lg Pos    G  PO    A   E DP   FP  lgFP   RnF lgRnF
1918 25 BOS AL 3B   41  54   97   5  4  .968 .948  3.68  3.25
               SS    1   0    0   0  0  .000 .939  0.00  5.23
1919 26 PHA AL 3B  124 168  242  24 14  .945 .950  3.31  3.24
1920 27 PHA AL 3B   61  78  140   9  9  .960 .946  3.57  3.45
               SS   12  27   33   3  4  .952 .944  5.00  5.00
        WSH AL 3B    2   1    8   0  0 1.000 .946  4.50  3.45
        TOT AL 3B   63  79  148   9  9  .962 .946  3.60  3.45
Position Total 3B  228 301  487  38 27  .954 .948  3.46  3.30
               SS   13  27   33   3  4  .952 .937  4.62  5.00
Overall Total      241 328  520  41 31  .954 .947  3.52  3.39

World Series Batting
Year  Team  Opp   G  AB  R  H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO  BA   OBP  SLG   SB
1918  BOS   CHC   6  16  0  2  0  0  0   0  1  2 .125 .176 .125    0
 
Minor League Batting
Year Team          Lg    G   AB    R   H   2B  3B  HR   TB  SH  SB   BA   SLG
1911 Milawukee*   ??
1911 Fond Du Lac  WIL                     
1912 Green Bay    WIL   124                                         .235
1913 Green Bay    WIL   127                                         .289
1914 Omaha         WL   150  568  90  162      13   2       15  24  .285
1915 New Orleans   SA   159  562  92  149  15  13  11  223  18  53  .265  .397
1916 New Orleans   SA   131  432  45  105   9   7   3  137  14  19  .243  .317
1917 Providence    IL   153  543  79  137  19  16   4  200  23  20  .252  .368
1921 Reading       IL
1922 Reading       IL
1923 Reading       IL
1924 Buffalo       IL
TOTALS                  844 2105 306  553  43  48  20  560  70 116  .263
 
Minor League Fielding

Year Team          Lg   POS   G    PO    A    E   Pct.
1911 Milawukee*   ??
1911 Fond Du Lac  WIL
1912 Green Bay    WIL   3B   124                  .952
1913 Green Bay    WIL   SS   127                  .907
1914 Omaha         WL   SS    86  201  260   41   .957
                        3B    62   93  127   12   .948
1915 New Orleans   SA   3B   159  153  307   33   .933
1916 New Orleans   SA   SS   131  199  343   48   .919
1917 Providence    IL   3B   153  176  281   34   .931
1921 Reading       IL
1922 Reading       IL
1923 Reading       IL
1924 Buffalo       IL
TOTALS                       842  822 1318  168   .927

According to Thomas's family, he played under the alias "John Wallace"
because he was still attending high school.

Minor Leagues: WIL - Wisconsin-Illinois League; WL - Western League; SA - Southern Association.