Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The many faces of Gorman

Gorman Thomas played from 1973-86 for 3 different teams, mostly the Brewers.

Gorman Thomas hit 268 home runs with a high of 45 in 1979 which led the league.

Gorman Thomas struck out almost once per game played and had a lifetime batting average of .225.

Gorman Thomas was an All-Star in the strike shortened 1981 season.

Gorman Thomas hit under .200 in 5 of his 13 seasons.

Gorman Thomas was a badmamajama!

Them was the facts.  Here comes the speculation!

Gorman Thomas was afflicted with a lack of facial muscles.  Here is some proof:

Coulda been Bell's Palsy.  Coulda been nerve damage.  Coulda been his overly heavy chin dragging the rest of his face down.  Whatever the reason, 'Never Smilin' Gorman is one of my personal favorites.  Here are some more Gorman Facts and pics.  Enjoy!

Career Highlights:
Played 13 years in Major League Baseball as an outfielder, shortstop and designated hitter...Twice led the American League in home runs (1979 and 1982)...From 1978 to 1982, he hit more runs than anyone in baseball...Five times during his career he hit over 32 home runs in a season...Played on the American League champion Milwaukee Brewers in 1982...Was named the American League Comeback Player of the Year in 1985 (he hit .215 that year!)...Two-time American League All-Star...Originally planned to attend Florida State on a football scholarship but was drafted as a shortstop by the Seattle Pilots as their #1 pick in the June, 1969 draft...Named one of South Carolina's Athletes of the Century by Sports Illustrated...Elected to the South Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.

Celebrity Golf Accomplishments:
Winner of the 2004 Celebrity Champions Classic (with partner Al Del Greco)
Secured four top-20 finishes out of seven starts during 2003 season
Claimed his second career hole-in-one (and a $50,000 check from Maxfli) on the 16th hole of the 1999 CPT National Pro-Am Championship in Harbor Springs, Mich.

This was his best shot at a smile.  He pulled a groin and developed diabetes while trying this!

Current-ish Gorman!

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