James Leroy “Lee” Thomas (February 5, 1936-) spent eight seasons as a Major League outfielder and first baseman who hit 20 home runs in three separate seasons. The New York Yankees signed Thomas as an amateur free agent in 1954, though he struggled to find a permanent playing spot with the Bronx Bombers during his brief Big League stint with the team in 1961. Traded to the expansion Los Angeles Angels (1961-1964), he was selected to his only All-Star Game squad in 1962 – the same season he drove in 104 RBI for the team. Thomas would later play for the Boston Red Sox (1964-1965), Atlanta Braves (1966), Chicago Cubs (1966-1967), and Houston Astros (1968). Following his retirement, Thomas gained prominence as an executive, most notably as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals front office during their successful campaigns in the early and mid-1980s, and as general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies (1988-1997), where he helped build the subpar team in the 1993 National League champions.