Phoenixville High School Retires Number of Former Major League Baseball All-Star

Image of Andre Thornton via the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

He received accolades as a three-sport athlete at Phoenixville High School decades ago, became an All-Star with the Cleveland Indians throughout the 1970s, earned a key to Phoenixville in 1982, and officially cemented his legacy just last week.

The high school ceremonially retired Andre Thornton’s No. 29 at Doc Kennedy Field, honoring him as “a husband, father, current CEO of ASW Global in Ohio, community leader, ballplayer, and forever a Phoenixville Phantom,” according to a PA Prep Live report by Barry Sankey.

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“It’s always fun and an honor to come back to your high school once you see what you’ve done and what you accomplished,” Thornton said. “It is a fun day. I am real pleased to do it.”

After youth and American Legion baseball, Thornton tried out with the Phillies and joined the franchise in 1967, but he bounced around to the Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, and Montreal Expos before settling down with the Indians. In all, he played 14 years in the majors, and thrice slugged his way into the American League’s Top Five for home runs.

Read more about the ceremony retiring Andre Thornton’s No. 29 in Phoenixville from PA Prep Live here.

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