Jim Thome as genuine as they come

Having reached 600 home runs, 'world's nicest man' headed straight to Hall of Fame

Updated: August 17, 2011, 2:18 PM ET
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

The boy was 9 years old when he snaked through the crowd at Wrigley Field, then silently, miraculously, wiggled his way inside the Cubs dugout minutes before the start of a game in search of his hero, Dave Kingman. Young Jim Thome didn't get a chance to meet his idol before Cubs catcher Barry Foote delivered him back to his father, who was not surprised by the actions of his son. A young Jim Thome loved Kingman, the Cubs, baseball and home runs.

And now, 33 years later, Thome has hit home ...

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