Fred Thomas of the 1918 Red Sox — 1918: Babe Ruth and the World Champion Boston Red Sox by Allan Wood


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

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

g

ab

r

h

2b

3b

hr

rbi

sb

bb

so

ba

oba

slg

1918

Bos

44

144

19

37

2

1

1

11

4

15

20

.257

.331

.306

Career

247

859

88

193

19

14

4

45

24

84

90

.225

.297

.293

Fielding

POS g po a e dp pct rf lgrf
1918 Bos 3B 41 54 97 5 4 .968 3.68 3.30
SS 1 0 0 0 0 —- —- 5.25
Career 3B 226 330 479 38 27 .953 3.45
SS 13 27 33 3 4 .952 4.62