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NEW 'GET IN THE GAME' PODCAST: Jim Thome - Hall of Fame First Baseman

THIS IS THE GET IN THE GAME PODCAST
WITH SCOTT LINEBRINK

Jim Thome was one of the best power hitters in recent baseball history, as evidenced by his 612 career home runs and 2,328 hits. Those marks, plus five All-Star appearances, a Silver Slugger Award and slew of other accomplishments over a 22-year career landed him in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018.

What Thome did and continues to do off the field is equally impressive. Thome and his wife are active philanthropists and have worked to be engaged with at least two organizations in each of the six cities he played in — Cleveland, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Baltimore. For his efforts, he has received the Roberto Clemente Award, the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award and the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award — some of baseball’s most prestigious awards that recognize service, character and leadership.

Scott Linebrink and Thome were teammates with the Chicago White Sox, and in this conversation they reminisce on some of their favorite memories from their playing days, and talk about what it means to serve others.

“It’s about the time and the effort and the joy that you get in your heart at the end of the day, giving back and making someone smile,” Thome said.

Get in the Game is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network.

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