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BlackCollege Nines

Having researched Charles Thomas for over four years and seeing well over 50 different photos of him, I am certain that the gentleman referenced in your blog post is not the Charles Lee Thomas who went to Ohio Wesleyan.

Thomas had a very recognizable facial expression which was consistant in almost every photo I've seen.

Besides the recognition factor, I have not found in any of my research that Thomas (of OWU) ever pitched.

Actually... there are two gentlemen shown to the left of the team owner, but only one is referrenced by name. Of the two, I think that the first looks more like Thomas of OWU than the other. However, having studied this photo previously, I have discounted that one, as well.

Thomas (of OWU) did in fact play for them in the summer of 1905 and in a Zanesville Ohio (his hometown) news interview of 1946, he references this fact.

james tate

I am no expert either, but I thought the resemblance of the guy listed as Thomas in The Giants photo looked enough like Dr. Charles Thomas who played with Rickey at OWU enough to bring it up. I have some friend in Albuquerue looking to see if they can find any information on Dr. Charles Thomas though the fact he died in 42 years ago I am not going to hold my breath.

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