October 21, 1925|
Santurce, Puerto Rico
|Died: October 16, 2010
Christiansted, St. Croix, Virgin Islands
|April 16, 1957, for the New York Giants|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 1, 1961, for the Cleveland Indians|
|Runs batted in||60|
Valmy Thomas (October 21, 1925 – October 16, 2010) was a Major League Baseball catcher. Thomas was the first Virgin Islands native to play in the Majors (his mother gave birth to Thomas in San Juan, Puerto Rico, because of better medical care available there, returning to their native land immediately after his birth). In his five-year career, he played for five different home cities: the New York Giants (1957), the San Francisco Giants (1958), the Philadelphia Phillies (1959), the Baltimore Orioles (1960), and the Cleveland Indians (1961). Thomas was one of the original San Francisco Giants, opening the 1958 season as their starting catcher. After his major league career, while playing for the Atlanta Crackers of the International League, Thomas was shot and critically wounded, in a dispute over a woman, by mortician-musician Cleveland Lyons, who then committed suicide.
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