- Frank was the top
scorer and rebounder for the Columbus High hoops team his senior year.
- Frank earned All-America
honors at Auburn in 1989.
- In 1990, Baseball
America named Frank its Minor League Player of the Year.
- In 1990, Frank
hit the last homer in old Comiskey Park. In 1991, he hit the first homer
in “new” Comiskey Park.
- Frank and Jeff
Bagwell were born on the same day. Each won his league’s MVP award
in 1994. They watched their teams play in the 2005 World Series, unable
- Frank’s .729
slugging average in 1994 was the highest in the AL since Ted Williams
slugged .731 in 1957.
- Frank won the Home
Run Derby at the 1995 All-Star Game. In the 1996 competition, he launched
a 519-foot homer.
- In 1995, Frank
became the first White Sox player to homer in the All-Star Game. His
bomb to leftfield sailed into a luxury box rented by the Players Association
and was caught by Don Fehr's nine-year-old son.
- Frank was the AL’s
Comeback Player of the Year in 2000.
- In 2005, Frank
his 10 homers in his first 69 at bats. The last AL player to reach 10
homers faster was Carlos Delgado in 2001.
- Frank is the only
player in history to produce seven straight seasons (1991-97) with a
.300 average, 20 homers, 100 RBIs, 100 runs and 100 walks. Lou Gehrig,
Ted Williams and Jason Giambi are the only players to have as many as
- Frank was the 11th
player in history to win back-to-back MVP awards—and the first
AL player since Roger Maris.
- Frank was only
the third MVP in White Sox history. Nellie Fox won in 1959 and Dick
Allen won in 1972.
- Frank is the Chicago
White Sox all-time leader with 448 homers, 1,465 RBIs, 1,327 runs, and
- Frank’s 2006
Chicago homecoming was bittersweet. He clubbed two homers against the
White Sox on May 23, but the A’s lost in 10 innings.
- When Frank retired, he was the seventh player with 500 home runs and a .300 lifetime average. The first six were Babe Ruth, Mel Ott, Jimmie Foxx, Ted Williams, Willie Mays and Hank Aaron. Manny Ramirez later became the eighth player on the list.
- In 2011, the White Sox erected a statue of Frank outside their ballpark. They had already retired his #35 in a 2010 ceremony.
- Frank hit his 500th home run on the same day Craig Biggio collected his 3,000th hit
- Frank’s two three-homer games both came against the Boston Red Sox, but more than 10 years apart. Even so, Tim Wakefield pitched both games and gave up five of the six round-trippers.
- Tom appeared in
the 1992 film "Mr. Baseball." he played the hulking rookie
who forced Tom Selleck’s character to move to Japan.
- Frank lent his
name to candy bar in 1996 to help the fundraising efforts of Chicago-area
- Frank has three
kids—Sterling, Sloan and Sydney.
- Frank’s ex-wife,
Elise Silver, is the great niece of Maury Silver, a baseball pioneer
in Rochester, NY. A book chronicling the city’s minor league baseball
team is entitled Silver Seasons, and the Red Wings’ old
ballpark was named Silver Stadium.
- Frank works fulltime at W2W Records, a music company he founded during his playing days.
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