Vernon Thomas, born in 1938, has been a pillar in Columbia county for over 50 years, Vernon Thomas humbly serves his community in various ways. Whether it’s leading devotion and singing in the choir at First Mt. Carmel Baptist Church or teaching our youth on the baseball diamond at the famed Winfield Stadium. Chief, as he is affectionately known, makes it happen!
Growing up in the CSRA, Thomas made a name for himself on the baseball diamond, his first love leading to a professional career with the Kansas City Monarchs and the Detroit Stars of the National Negro League in 1950’s. Presently, Thomas is still singing in the choir and using his baseball expertise by carrying on the sandlot baseball tradition in the CSRA. He was instrumental in starting the semi pro league here throughout the CSRA. You can't think of Columbia County baseball without thinking of the famed Winfield Tigers. We Salute you Chief!