PoliticalNews.me - Oct 20,2010 - Delegate to Congress Donna M. Christensen mourned the passing of Virgin Islands baseball great Valmy Thomas. “As the first Virgin Islander to play in the Major Leagues, Valmy was a sports hero to generations of Virgin Islanders,” Congresswoman Christensen said. “He played as a catcher from 1957 through 1961 with the Giants, Phillies, Indians and Orioles,” she recalled, “also playing in the Puerto Rico Winter Baseball Leagues and internationally in Canada and the Dominican Republic.”
Although he was born in Puerto Rico, Thomas’s family was from St. Croix, where he returned after his baseball career to become a successful businessman as owner of United Sporting Goods in Watergut, St. Croix. He also served as an assistant commissioner of the former Department of Conservation and Cultural Affairs, where he oversaw recreation programs for hundreds of young sportsmen and women in the territory. He was also a well known sports commentator hosting radio and television sports programs on local sports for many years. He was also active in politics and community affairs.
“I extend my sincere condolences to his wife, Lydia and his children, Shelley, who is my executive assistant in the Washington office, and Juliette, Lisa and Valmy, Jr, and to his many grandchildren and great grandchildren as well. May Valmy rest in peace.”