Eleven-year-old J.T. Thomas from Glenview, Illinois, threw out the first pitch at the Ole Miss vs. LSU game on April 17. JT is a pitcher and short stop on his Glenview Patriots travel baseball team. He also plays quarterback on his school’s football team and point guard on several ASU travel basketball teams in the Chicago area. He loves Ole Miss and roots for them whenever he can find a Rebels game on TV or the Internet.
J.T.’s father, John Thomas, is also known by his Ole Miss friends as J.T. He’s a 1985 journalism graduate and the co-founder and editor of The Oxford Times newspaper, which he started after graduation with a fellow Kappa Sigma. John’s family includes his wife, Mary, and two teenage daughters in high school, Emma and Kara. John is recently retired from Abbott Laboratories.