Alford Thomas

Alford Thomas,1 born March 6th, 1926 in Osceola, AR,2 3 was a professional baseball player from 1949-1951 and a Negro league baseball player in 1949.


Thomas was the son of Amos Thomas and Minnie (nee Barrentine) Thomas.4 He grew up near Crawfordsville, AR.

Thomas was a small right handed pitcher.5 He may have played with the Chicago American Giants early in the 1949 season.6 7 In May, he briefly appeared with the Bridgeport Bees of the Colonial League, but was quickly released.8 9 He returned to Bridgeport in 1950 and went 3-1 with a 3.23 ERA before being sold in June to St. Hyacinthe of the Provincial League10 where he finished the year 5-6 with a 4.92 ERA. In 1951, Thomas was sent to the Kingston Colonials in the Canadian-American League, but appeared in only two games before he was released.11

Thomas died on June 3rd, 2001 in Chicago, IL.12


Statistics at Baseball-Reference.com.
1 Thomas' first name was also often given as "Alfred."
2 Thomas WWII draft card. (Accessed at Fold3.com; transcribed as "Alfred Thomas.")
3 Thomas's The Sporting News contract card alternatively gives his birthplace as Crawfordsville, AR in 1929.
5 He was listed as 5 feet and 8 1/2 inches on his WWII draft card.
7 The Biographical Encyclopedia of Negro Baseball Leagues notes that he played with the American Giants from 1944-1949.
8 Hartford Courant, 5/30/1949
11 Kingston Daily Freeman, 5/4/1951, p.12