Andre Thornton

Andre Thornton

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André Thornton (born August 13, 1949 in Tuskegee, Alabama), nicknamed "Thunder," is a former first baseman and designated hitter in Major League Baseball who played for the Chicago Cubs, Montreal Expos and Cleveland Indians during a 14-year career. André grew up in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, in a family of athletes, and graduated from Phoenixville Area High School.

Amateur

In 1967, a week before his 18th birthday, the Philadelphia Phillies signed Thornton as an amateur free agent. In 1972, the Phillies traded André to the Atlanta Braves, who traded him to the Chicago Cubs the following year.

Chicago Cubs

Thornton, playing first base, made his major-league debut with the Cubs on July 28, 1973 and played for the Cubs until May 1976. He was named to the 1974 All-Rookie Team as a first baseman by Baseball Digest. Thornton had one of his best seasons in 1975; although his 18 home runs were only the seventh-best season total of his career, he hit .293 with a .428 on base percentage and a slugging percentage of .516. It was the first of six seasons in which Thornton walked more than he struck out.

Montreal Expos/Cleveland Indians

After a relatively disappointing 1976 season, in which he battled injuries, Thorton split time between the Cubs and the Montreal Expos. After a short stay in Montreal, the Expos traded Thornton to the Cleveland Indians for pitcher Jackie Brown. The trade would prove to be one of the most lopsided deals of the 1970s; Brown would only...
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