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Fox News Channel Issues Correction After Burying Frank Thomas

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Earlier this year, former Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder and three-time MLB All-Star Frank Thomas died at the age of 93. While Thomas had an excellent career in his own right, most baseball fans think of Chicago White Sox slugger and Hall of Famer Frank Thomas whenever they hear that name in connection with the sport.

Fox News Channel confused the two players on Friday, making it seem as if the Big Hurt was the one who died. The network included the 55-year-old Thomas in an “In Memoriam” segment, instead of the 93-year-old, and fans immediately noticed the mistake.

A few minutes later, Fox News corrected the mistake and apologized for conflating the two Frank Thomases.

“We also need to quickly issue a correction,” anchor Julie Banderas said. “We misidentified the late Frank Thomas, the three-time All-Star for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Frank Thomas we showed you unfortunately was also a former pro baseball player. He is very much alive. We apologize for that mistake.”

The Big Hurt worked for years on Fox’s baseball coverage before the network moved on from him to hire Derek Jeter this season. After seeing Fox News’s blunder, Thomas needled the network in a social media post.

“Ladies and Gentlemen I’m very sorry my ex employer Fox would be this irresponsible on National TV this morning,” he wrote. “Yes I’m alive and doing well. This blows my mind also.”

While the Big Hurt was the better player, former Pirate Frank Thomas enjoyed a solid career himself, playing 16 seasons for seven different teams. He ended his career with 286 home runs and a .774 OPS between 1951 and ’66, retiring two years before the other Frank Thomas was born. 

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