Former Indians slugger Jim Thome is a legendary figure in the eyes of many fans. Last year, Cleveland built a statue for him outside of Progressive Field. Now, he will have a street named after him -- in his home town of Peoria, IL.
From the Peoria Journal Star:
State lawmakers unanimously voted Tuesday to rename part of U.S. Route 24 after retired Major League Baseball star Jim Thome.
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The resolution, which passed 96-0 in the state House, would designate Route 24 between South Adams Street in Bartonville and Griswold Street in Peoria as the Jim Thome Highway.
Thome attended Limestone High School and Illinois Central College, both located in Peoria, before being drafted by the Indians in 1989.
The future Hall of Famer played for seven different teams over his 22-year major-league career, including 12 seasons with Cleveland. His 612 career home runs are the seventh-most of all-time.
(h/t Peoria Journal Star)