Thomas was inducted into the S-C Athletics Hall of Fame in last April, but wasn’t able to attend the ceremony. He was escorted onto the field by S-C AD Rob Davis and S-C baseball coach Jud Kindle where he was presented with the S-C Hall of Fame award.
John “Bud” Thomas, a 1947 graduate, is the only S-C alumnus to play as a regular roster player in Major League Baseball. Thomas. And S-C didn’t even sponsor a baseball team when he was a student. But he went on to play shortstop, and signed a contract with the St. Louis Browns.
After minor league stints from 1947 to 1950 in Belleville, Ill., Toledo, Ohio; Globe, Ariz., and Marshall Texas, he went to Dayton Ohio in 1951 to play Class ‘A’ ball. And during that 1951 season, the Browns called him up to the big-league roster.
He retired after the 1953 season and later earned degrees from CMSU, and then taught at La Monte, Otterville and Sedalia school systems. Thomas taught for 30 years in District 200, serving as principal of Whittier, a counselor at S-C and principal of Heber Hunt. He later became assistant superintendent, eventually retiring in 1986. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia Weekly Observer.