July 25, 2014 3:06 PM

‘The presence of greatness’: How Frank Thomas became a city’s most famous ball player

As a child, Frank Thomas Jr. told his sisters he was going to be a rich and famous baseball player. He fell in love with the sport in the Boxwood neighborhood of Columbus, Ga., where he lived. His mother, Charlie Mae Thomas, said he bought a 50-cent bat and ball set and just kept swinging away.

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