Frank Thomas

Frank Thomas on Baseball, Beer and His New BBQ Book

The Big Hurt also shares his recipe for amazing grilled lemon-basil pork chops
Tips from Hall of Fame baseball player, brewer and grill master Frank Thomas

As a baseball player, Frank Thomas was known as the “Big Hurt” because of his size (6’5”, 240-plus) and the damage he could do as a hitter. A two-time AL MVP and Hall of Fame inductee, Thomas, 47, is taking his game from the batter’s box to the backyard grill, with his new cookbook, The Big Hurt’s Guide to BBQ and Grilling. We caught up with Thomas to talk grilling, beer and baseball.

 

Growing up, who manned the grill at family cookouts?

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1 Ken Griffey Jr., Seattle, 1987

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