Myles Thomas

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Myles Lewis Thomas
(Duck Eye)

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Myles Thomas was a pitcher on the great New York Yankees teams which went to the 1926-1928 World Series. He relieved in Games 3 and 6 of the 1926 World Series, giving up one run in three innings of work.

Thomas was born in State College, PA and attended Pennsylvania State University in 1920-1921. His time there overlapped with that of John Jones, Hinkey Haines and Pip Koehler.

He started in the minors with the Hartford Senators in 1921 and then the Reading Aces in 1922. From 1923-1925 he spent three years with the Toronto Maple Leafs, most notably going 28-8 in 1925.

After the 1925 season, the Yankees picked him up from Toronto, and he appeared in 33 games for them in 1926, 13 as a starter. At age 28, he was three years younger than teammate Babe Ruth.

Myles went 7-4 for the great 1927 team that dominated the American League with 110 wins. With the Yankees in 1928, he was in 12 games.

The Yankees traded him in June 1929 to the Washington Senators, who used him much more heavily. He went 7-8 for manager Walter Johnson's team, which finished 71-81. Thomas' 3.52 ERA was much better than the team ERA of 4.34.

He was not effective in the first half of 1930, and spent the second half back in the minors with the Newark Bears. In 1931 he stayed at Newark, going 18-6, but he didn't come back to the majors. After a year with the Hollywood Stars, for whom he went 14-18, he spent two years with the St. Paul Saints, winning 15 and 12 games respectively. His last year as a minor league pitcher was in 1940.

He managed in the minors at least a couple of times. The book Baseball in Toledo has a couple of photos of the 1938 Toledo Mud Hens, including Thomas, whom the book calls a coach.

He was nicknamed "Duck Eye" by Babe Ruth. Thomas wore the number 20 with the Yankees in 1929. His body is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Toledo.

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