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Classic video of Jim Thome hawking cars in Cleveland

Jim ThomeEntering Tuesday’s game, Minnesota Twins DH Jim Thome has crushed 587 homeruns during his 20 big league campaigns. This season, the former Indian, Phillie and White Sox has contributed 23 long balls to the Twins American League Central leading efforts.

Besides being an all-time great, the 40-year old Thome is also known for being one of the most respected and downright humble men ever to play Major League Baseball. Despite immense fame and fortune, Thome’s Midwestern sensibility appears to have followed him at every turn.  

While baseball fans marvel at his late career production, it is quite remarkable to consider that Thome’s appearance and attitude has never really changed. The grizzled veteran carries himself just the same as when he was a far younger ballplayer.  Evidence of this is apparent in the below video.

In this commercial from 1995, Thome is serving as pitchman for Royal Chevrolet in Aurora, Ohio. Today, that dealer is called Ganley Chevrolet of Aurora.

Take note at how incredibly similar present-day Thome looks and acts to that of his 25-year old incarnation.  No wonder the guy is so unaffected.


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Jon Rapoport has spent his career working on all sides of the media and sports industry. He began his career at ESPN in studio production at the ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. While there, he won an Emmy for his contribution to "SportsCenter." Following his tenure at ESPN, Jon relocated to Los Angeles, joining the staff of the “Best Damn Sports Show” on FOX Sports Net.

Upon leaving the show, Jon worked in Web site and sports radio show development/production, with Major League Baseball in media operation logistics for the World Baseball Classic and on behalf of Los Angeles’ effort to bring the 2016 Summer Olympics back to Southern California. Jon currently writes a political blog for the Los Angeles edition of

Born and raised in Plymouth, Minnesota (just outside of Minneapolis), Jon is an avid sports fan, particularly for his beloved Minnesota teams. Jon graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned his BA in communication and interned for ABC’s “Good Morning America” in New York City and Washington D.C. He is married and resides in Los Angeles.  

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