Saturday, October 23, 2010

Valmy Thomas dies at 84; First MLB player from the Virgin Islands

Former New York Giants catcher and legend from the U.S. Virgin Islands Valmy Thomas passed away October 16 at his home in St. Croix at the age of 84. Thomas' mother went to Puerto Rico for his birth because she believe the medical care was better there. They immediately moved back to the Virgin Islands where Thomas became a national hero. He played five seasons in the majors and was the starting catcher on the legendary 1954-55 Santurce Crabbers whose outfield contained both Roberto Clemente and Willie Mays.


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