Frank Thomas, a two-time American League MVP and a former Columbus High standout, was selected to be a member of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2014, it was announced Wednesday.
Thomas and seven others will be inducted during a ceremony on Feb. 22 at the Macon City Auditorium.
The rest of the Class of 2014 includes James Brooks, Bobby Cremins, Jim Hughes, Homer Rice, Hollis Stacy, Chester Webb, and Scott Woerner.
"These individuals represent the very best in athletics at all levels. Each of them will be a fine addition to our already outstanding group of Hall of Famers," GSHF Authority Chairman J. Paul Holmes Jr. said in a press release.
Thomas batted .440 his senior season at Columbus in 1984, leading the Blue Devils to their first state championship.
He played collegiately at Auburn, where he led the team in RBIs as a freshman. In his senior season, he was the SEC's MVP.
The Chicago White Sox took Thomas with the seventh pick in the first round of the 1989 MLB draft. He won the AL MVP award in 1993 and '94. Thomas also was named to the All-Star game five times.
THomas retired in 2008 with 521 home runs, 1,704 RBIs and a .301 batting average.
Brooks led Warner Robins High to a state football championship in 1976 before going on to play at Auburn and then in the NFL for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Cremins was the men's basketball coach at Georgia Tech for 19 seasons beginning in 1981. He won 354 games, three ACC tournament titles and two ACC championships. He took 10 teams to the NCAA tournament, including one trip to the Final Four in 1990.
Hughes was a long-time high school football coach at Thomasville and Colquitt County. He finished with a 247-102-4 record and three state championships.
Rice served as Georgia Tech's athletic director for 17 years beginning in 1990. During that time, Tech teams were ranked No. 1 in football, basketball, baseball and golf.
Stacy, a Savannah native, won three straight U.S. Girls' Junior Championships. She went on to win 18 LPGA events, including four major titles.
Webb, a native of Elberton, was an all-state player at Elbert County High and an all-American at Georgia Southern. Webb still holds 18 records at Georgia Southern, 57 years after his career ended.
Woerner played at Jonesboro High, then at Georgia. He played on Georgia's 1980 national championship team. He went on to play in the NFL for the Falcons and the Saints. He played in the USFL for Philadelphia, winning two league titles.