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Aug 3, 2018
08:00am – 09:00am
For the 2nd Annual Prayer Breakfast on Friday, Aug. 3, Lakeside will welcome André Thornton, former Cleveland Indians' first basemen, to share his message of "Triumph Born of Tragedy."
In his hometown of Phoenixville, Pa., Thornton was a standout athlete. A week before his 18th birthday, he was signed as an amateaur free agent for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1967. During his debut year with the Cleveland Indians in 1977, Thornton hit 28 home runs. His career high came a year later at 33 home runs.
In 1979, he was honored with the Roberto Clemente Award, recognizing his sportsmanship, community involvement and team contribution. From 1981-1987, Thornton was almost exclusively a designated hitter, and he received a Silver Slugger Award in 1984 in recognition of his offensive achievements. His career came to an end after 1987 when his injuries kept him on the sideline. He ended his career as a two-time American League All-Star, finishing with 244 doubles, 253 home runs and a batting average of .254.
What is more remarkable than his athletic accomplishments is his ability to hold tight to his faith in the midst of tragedy. In 1977, Thornton's family was in a car accident that injured him and his son and killed his wife Gertrude and 3-year-old daughter Theresa. However painful that was, he did not let that stop him from success, or from seeking a stronger faith life. In 1983, Thornton wrote Triumph Born of Tragedy, an autobiographical account of the accident and a testament to his Christian faith.
Thornton eventually remarried and had two more sons. Today, he is the president/CEO of ASW Global, a supply chain management company. He also is still very involved in the Cleveland community. He is on the Board of the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, The Cleveland Zoological Society and the Cuyahoga Community College Fund.
In 2007, Thornton was inducted into the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame, alongside Jim Bagby, Sr., Mike Garcia and Charles Nagy.
Along with the Prayer Breakfast, where he will reflect upon Col. 1:9-15, "Walking Worthy and Pleasing Unto the Lord," Thornton and his wife Gail will also present a mid-morning lecture and share reflections on his baseball career at a luncheon.
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