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Fred Thomas (athlete) was born on 26 December, 1923 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, is a player. Discover Fred Thomas (athlete)’s Biography, Age, Height, Physical Stats, Dating/Affairs, Family and career updates. Learn How rich is He in this year and how He spends money? Also learn how He earned most of networth at the age of 58 years old?
|Age||58 years old|
|Born||26 December 1923|
|Birthplace||Windsor, Ontario, Canada|
|Date of death||(1981-05-21)1981-05-21|
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Fred Thomas (athlete) Height, Weight & Measurements
At 58 years old, Fred Thomas (athlete) height
is 6 ft 3 in (191 cm) and Weight 175 lb (79 kg).
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||175 lb (79 kg)|
|Body Measurements||Not Available|
|Eye Color||Not Available|
|Hair Color||Not Available|
Dating & Relationship status
He is currently single. He is not dating anyone. We don’t have much information about He’s past relationship and any previous engaged. According to our Database, He has no children.
Fred Thomas (athlete) Net Worth
His net worth has been growing significantly in 2022-2023. So, how much is Fred Thomas (athlete) worth at the age of 58 years old? Fred Thomas (athlete)’s income source is mostly from being a successful player. He is from Canada. We have estimated
Fred Thomas (athlete)’s net worth
, money, salary, income, and assets.
|Net Worth in 2023||$1 Million – $5 Million|
|Salary in 2023||Under Review|
|Net Worth in 2022||Pending|
|Salary in 2022||Under Review|
|Source of Income||player|
Fred Thomas (athlete) Social Network
In 1952, he was not selected for the Canadian Olympic basketball team, where he would have been the only black on an otherwise all-white team. After having surgery to repair a knee injury, he could no longer play professional sports but continued to play in smaller independent leagues in Canada. He played basketball for the Toronto Tri-Bells, a Canadian men’s amateur team, leading the team to the 1953 Canadian senior men’s basketball title. He became a coach and physical education teacher at Valley Park High School in East York, Ontario, for over twenty years.
Thomas won the batting title of the Ontario Intercounty Baseball League in 1951 while playing for the Kitchener Panthers, an independent, semi-professional team where he batted 0.383 and was a Most Valuable Player in this league. He also played for the Windsor Jets and Toronto Beaches.
In 1949, his senior year, he led the team to the Ontario Senior Men’s Finals where they defeated Toronto Central by 90–56, 47 of which he scored himself. At the time, the Toronto Globe and Mail called him the “best Negro athlete in Canada”. During Thomas’s college four-year basketball career (1945–1949), he scored 2,059 points, the third-highest on the NCAA scoring list at the time of his graduation. This includes a record 639 points in the 1948–49 season. His time at Assumption was known as the “Thomistic Era”. The 1952 newspaper article summarized his college basketball career by saying “There was probably never a Canadian basketball player who so dominated the key area and was so deadly with the hook shot as Fred. He played the game with the grace of a swan and the agility of a gazelle.”
Racism prevented Thomas from playing in the professional basketball leagues. He played with the Cincinnati Crescents, a negro all-star barnstorming baseball team owned by Abe Saperstein, who also owned the Harlem Globetrotters. This connection brought him to the Globetrotters and he was invited to their training camp in Chicago in 1949. He arrived late because he had to finish the football season with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League where he was the first black player. He played a season for the New York Renaissance, a Globetrotter all-black professional basketball team from Harlem, New York. After one season, he moved to the western division Kansas City Stars, another Globetrotter team.
Outside of college, Thomas turned to baseball. He played with the Negro league’s Cincinnati Crescents in 1946, the Detroit Senators in 1947, and the Farnham Pirates in 1948 in the Quebec Provincial League. Over 58 games with Farnham, he was batting .351 which caught the attention of Major League Baseball (MLB) scouts. He was selected by the organization’s Cleveland Indians to join the Wilkes-Barre Barons farm-team who played in the Eastern League, where he took the field for the first time in a July 4, 1948, doubleheader. This appearance was the first by a black player in the league, and he had two singles, and RBI, and a stolen base in the second game. He broke the colour barrier in this league about a year after Jackie Robinson did so in Major League Baseball. He was the 21st black player to sign a contract with a team in the MLB organization and the first from Canada. Thomas played 12 games with the Barons in 1949 but never played professional baseball again.
In 1945, the Harlem Globetrotters, who were “widely considered the best team in the world”, were defeated by the Assumption basketball team 49–45. A 1952 newspaper article said Thomas “was a constant thorn in the side of his visitors” and “His terrific speed enabling him to leap high into the air after burning down the floor to break up passing plays. His performance was amazing and the most amazed were the confused Globetrotters.”
He graduated in 1943 and then enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He earned his wings shortly before the end of World War II. After being discharged from the service, he enrolled at Assumption College where he became known as one of the country’s best basketball players. He played four years under coach Stanley Nantais.
Thomas grew up in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. He was a fifth-generation Canadian whose ancestry can be traced to enslaved Africans fleeing North Carolina and Barbadian immigrants. His parents were Charles Fred Thomas and Edith May Thomas. He had seven siblings; one brother and six sisters. He was the second oldest and his athletic prowess let him excel at many sports. He attended high school at the J. C. Patterson Collegiate Institute in Windsor, beginning in the late 1930s. He was a football and track star there, competing in hurdles, high jump, sprints, long jump and triple jump. He also led the basketball team to a provincial championship, beating Ottawa Glebe Collegiate in Toronto for the All-Ontario Basketball Title.
Fred Thomas (December 26, 1923 – May 20, 1981) was a Canadian multi-sport professional athlete. He played on semi-professional or professional teams in basketball, baseball, and Canadian football. He was a standout on his college basketball team and is known as one of Canada’s finest basketball players. A 2019 profile by TVOntario described Thomas as “the greatest Canadian athlete you’ve never heard of”. He would likely have been more well-known had blacks not been denied opportunities to compete in major professional sports leagues in the 1940s and 1950s.