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TIMELINE | Cleveland Indians legend Jim Thome's Hall of Fame career

Join us as we look back, year-by-year, at just how Jim Thome went from unheralded prospect to baseball legend.

Tyler Carey

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Published: 7/20/2018 1:22:04 PM
Updated: 5:53 AM CDT July 29, 2018

This coming Sunday in Cooperstown, New York, former Indians first baseman Jim Thome will take his rightful place among the giants of the game with his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

On numbers alone, the honor is well-deserved: 612 home runs, .956 OPS, five All-Star Games. But it was always about more than just numbers with Thome, with teammates, analysts, and fans alike all consistently naming him as one of the nicest people in the sport.

The bulk of Thome's career came right in Cleveland, where he played a defining role on the Tribe's beloved teams of the late 1990s. His plaque in Cooperstown will reflect that, with a Cleveland "C" appearing on his cap.

Join us as we look back, year-by-year, at just how Thome went from unheralded prospect to baseball legend.

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