James Howard "Jim" Thome is a retired American baseball player who played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball, from 1991 to 2012.
He played for six different teams, most notably the Cleveland Indians during the 1990s and the early 2000s.
A prolific power hitter, Thome hit 612 home runs during his career—the seventh-most all time—along with 2,328 hits, 1,699 runs batted in, and a .276 batting average.
He was a member of five All-Star teams and won a Silver Slugger Award in 1996.
Thome grew up in Peoria, Illinois, as part of a large blue-collar family of athletes, who predominantly played baseball and basketball.
After attending Illinois Central College, he was drafted by the Indians in 1989 and made his major league debut in 1991.
Early in his career, he played third base before eventually becoming a first baseman.
With the Indians, Thome was part of a core of players that led the franchise to two World Series appearances in three years during the mid-1990s.
He spent over a decade with Cleveland before leaving via free agency after the 2002 season to join the Philadelphia Phillies, with whom he spent the following three seasons.