Off day theater: Frank Thomas documentary, 1993 White Sox game airing tonight

Al Bello

CSN Chicago debuts special to commemorate Big Hurt's Hall of Fame induction

If you're in the Chicago area, you can still fill a scheduled day off with White Sox baseball.

At 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. tonight, Comcast SportsNet Chicago will air "Welcome to Cooperstown: Frank Thomas," an hour-long documentary about the Big Hurt's career.

CSN Chicago's press release touts the meat of it:

In addition to the exclusive, candid interviews with Thomas, now in his third year as studio analyst for White Sox baseball on Comcast SportsNet, Welcome to Cooperstown also includes interviews with numerous baseball luminaries that discuss "The Big Hurt’s" massive impact on the sport, including White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, White Sox television play-by-play announcer Ken "Hawk" Harrelson, former White Sox analyst Tom Paciorek, White Sox radio play-by-play announcer Ed Farmer, former teammate/current White Sox radio analyst Darrin Jackson,Thomas’ Columbus H.S. baseball coach Bobby Howard, former White Sox hitting coach Walt Hriniak, sports psychologist Jim Fannin, former White Sox teammate Paul Konerko, Oakland Athletics GM Billy Beane, Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia, Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington, Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson, and Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly among others.

Among other key highlights from the Welcome to Cooperstown documentary will also feature the exclusive, behind-the-scenes access video when Thomas received the official induction phone call from the Baseball Hall of Fame, along with Thomas’ exclusive tour of the Hall of Fame with CSN’s White Sox Pre/Postgame Live host Chuck Garfien that took place earlier this year.  Plus -- Welcome to Cooperstown will feature never-before-seen photos & videos of Thomas’ baseball and football playing days at Columbus (GA) H.S. and collegiately at Auburn University, video of Thomas’ favorite childhood hangouts in Columbus, GA, a video barrage of Thomas’ biggest home runs throughout his remarkable career and much more.

And in between the airing and re-airing of the special, CSN Chicago will play a White Sox-Indians game from July 27, 1993. The box score from that one:

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO OPS WPA
Steve Sax LF 4 2 2 0 0 0 .584 0.037 2B
Tim Raines LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 .940 0.000
Craig Grebeck 2B 4 0 1 1 0 0 .584 0.104 2B
Joey Cora PR-2B 0 1 0 0 0 0 .709 0.000
Frank Thomas 1B 4 2 4 5 0 0 1.027 0.699 2·HR
Bo Jackson DH 4 0 1 0 0 1 .740 -0.060
Ellis Burks RF 4 1 1 1 0 1 .848 -0.065 HR
Robin Ventura 3B 3 0 1 0 1 1 .794 0.055
Lance Johnson CF 3 0 1 0 1 1 .740 -0.005
Ron Karkovice C 4 0 0 0 0 0 .745 -0.152 GDP
Ozzie Guillen SS 4 1 0 0 0 0 .674 -0.113
Team Totals 34 7 11 7 2 4 1.008 0.500
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