Thursday, July 2, 2015

Another New Discovery!

While working on the family group updates that I posted about yesterday, I came across a new cousin of note. My great-grandfather's sister, Harriet Cunningham Prall, was the focus of this particular update. Her daughter, Annie E. Grove married Alphonse Thomas Sr. They had two children Annie and Alphonse Jr. [Tommy].

Baltimore native Tommy Thomas became a pitcher for the Chicago White Sox in 1926. He would go on to pitch for the Washington Senators, Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Browns and Boston Red Sox before retiring in 1937. His best year was 1927. Tommy posted a 19-16 record with a 2.98 ERA. An elbow injury in 1930 and subsequent surgery in 1932 caused Thomas' effectiveness to fade.

He was a player-coach with Chattanooga in 1939, then went to AAA Baltimore in 1940 as a coach and manager until 1949. He also served as the Orioles general manager beginning in 1943. He resigned from the Orioles in 1949 and was hired to scout for the Red Sox. He was GM for the Minneapolis Millers for a short time, then returned to scouting for Boston until 1973.

After retiring from baseball, Thomas and his wife retired to their home in Dallastown, York, PA. His wife Alice died in 1982 and Alphonse Thomas Jr. died in 1988.

The information for this post was gleaned from Jimmy Keenan's article that appears on SABP at

This is big stuff for an avid baseball fan!

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