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Luke Appling

WSI's Sox Fans' Hall of Fame

Luke Appling
Shortstop.  Chicago White Sox, 1930-43, 1945-50.
Batted:  right.  Threw:  right.
Born:  4/2/07, High Point, North Carolina.  Died 1/3/91.

 

  • Two-time American League MVP, 1936 and 1943.
  • The one and only Sox player to ever win the American League batting crown, .388 in 1936, still a club record.
  • Holds the club record in games (2,422), at-bats (8,857), hits (2,749), doubles (440), runs (1,319), rbi's (1,116), and walks (1,302).
  • His 27-game hitting streak in 1936 is the longest in club history.
  • Seven-time American League all-star selection.
  • Amongst club leaders for career triples (102, second), on-base percentage (.399, fourth), stolen bases (179, seventh), and batting average (.310, ninth).
  • Played twenty seasons for the Chicago White Sox, longer than any other player.
  • Set major league record with 2,153 consecutive games played at shortstop in 1949.
  • Gifted with an incredible eye, Luke once fouled off 14 consecutive pitches by Red Ruffing. (Sworn to by fellow Sox great Ted Lyons).
  • Coached for the Sox in the early 70's
  • On July 19, 1982, at age 75, hit a home run off Warren Spahn in an old-timers game held in Washington's RFK Stadium, the oldest player to ever do so.  "It was a good pitch and I just swung away."
  • A minor league farmhand acquired from the Cubs for Douglas Taitt and $20,000, known early as Kid Boots for his poor fielding, quickly adjusted and became the team's greatest star and perennial fan favorite, the most famous of all the Sox through most of the 30's and 40's, "Old Aches and Pains", the great Luke Appling.
  • Inducted into major league baseball's hall of fame in 1964.
  • The Sox retired Luke's #4 in 1975.

    First player chosen by Sox fans as hall of famer from the pre 1950 era.

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