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Encyclopedia > Luis Aparicio
Luis Aparicio
Shortstop
Born: April 29, 1934 (1934-04-29) (age 73)
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 17, 1956
for the Chicago White Sox
Final game
September 28, 1973
for the Boston Red Sox
Career statistics
Batting average     .262
Hits     2677
SB     506
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • All-star from 1958-1964 and 1970-1972
  • Gold Glove at shortstop form 1958-1962, 1964, 1966, 1968, and 1970
  • 1956 AL Rookie of the Year
  • Led AL in stolen bases from 1956-1964
Member of the National
Baseball Hall of Fame
Elected     1984
Vote     84.62%

Luis Ernesto Aparicio Montiel (born April 29, 1934 in Maracaibo, Zulia State, Venezuela) is a former shortstop in professional baseball and a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. From 1956 through 1973, Aparicio played for the Chicago White Sox (1956-62, 1968-70), Baltimore Orioles (1963-67) and Boston Red Sox (1971-73). He batted and threw right handed. Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... The position of the shortstop Shortstop, abbreviated SS, is the baseball fielding position between second and third base. ... April 29 is the 119th day of the year (120th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full 1934 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... April 17 is the 107th day of the year (108th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... September 30 Chicago White Sox pitcher Jim Derrington becomes the youngest pitcher in modern history to start a game. ... 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Playing career

Aparicio came from a baseball family. His father, Luis Sr. was a notable shortstop in Venezuela and owned a Winter League team with Aparicio's uncle, Ernesto.


Aparicio was heavily scouted by the Cleveland Indians, but Chicago White Sox GM Frank Lane, on the recommendation of fellow Venezuelan shortstop Chico Carrasquel, signed Aparicio for $5,000 down and $5,000 in first year salary. He played well in the minors and then led the American League in stolen bases in his debut year of 1956, winning both the Rookie of the Year and The Sporting News Rookie of the Year awards. Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 5, 14, 18, 19, 21, 42, 455 Name Cleveland Indians (1915–present) Cleveland Naps (1905-1914) Cleveland Bronchos (1902-1904) Cleveland Blues (1901) Ballpark Jacobs Field (1994–present) Cleveland Stadium (1932-1993)* a. ... In Major League Baseball, the General Manager of a team typically controls player transactions and bears the primary responsibility on behalf of the ballclub during contract discussions with players. ... Frank Lane (February 1, 1896 - March 19, 1981), nicknamed Trader Lane, was a Major League Baseball general manager for the Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Athletics, and St. ... Chico with the White Sox Alfonso Carrasquel Colón (born January 23, 1928 in Caracas, Venezuela), best known as Chico Carrasquel, was a Major League Baseball player. ... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Rookie of the Year award is given by a number of North American sports leagues to the top first-time professional athlete of the season. ... The Sporting News Rookie of the Year Award was established in 1946 by The Sporting News (TSN). ...


Over the next decade, Aparicio set the standard for the spray-hitting, slick-fielding, speedy shortstop. He led the AL in stolen bases in nine consecutive seasons (1956-64) and won the Gold Glove Award nine times (1958-62, 1964, 1966, 1970). He was also a ten-time All-Star (1958-64, 1970-72) and a key player on the 1959 "Go-Go" White Sox that won the American League pennant that year. The White Sox were generally successful during his tenure, but when he showed up overweight and had an off year in 1962, the White Sox dealt him to the Baltimore Orioles the following season. In American baseball, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to simply as the Gold Glove, is the award annually given to the Major League player judged to be the most superior individual fielding performance at each position (in each league), as voted by the managers and coaches in each... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic, is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the manager (the managers from the previous years... The following are the baseball events of the year 1959 throughout the world. ... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... The following are the events of the year 1962 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ...


Aparicio regained his form in Baltimore and was ninth in the MVP balloting in 1966 when he helped the Orioles reach the World Series, which they won. He returned to the White Sox for the 1968 season after being traded for Don Buford and had his best overall offensive season in 1970, hitting .312 and scoring 86 runs. He put in three more seasons with the Boston Red Sox before retiring for good. In the game of baseball, both amateur and professional, it is tradition to annually recognize the one player in the league who has contributed the most to the success of the players team. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 20 - The Baseball Writers Association of America voters elect Ted Williams to the Hall of Fame. ... The 1966 World Series matched the Baltimore Orioles against the defending champion Los Angeles Dodgers, with the Orioles sweeping the Series in 4 games to capture the first championship in franchise history. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1968 throughout the world. ... Don Buford (born Donald Alvin Buford on February 2, 1937 in Linden, Texas) is a former Major League Baseball player. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1970 throughout the world. ... Bengie Molina of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (in gray and red) scores a run by touching home plate after rounding all the bases. ...


Baseball records

At his retirement, Aparicio was the all-time leader for most games played, assists and double plays by a shortstop and the all-time leader for putouts and total chances by an AL baseball shortstop. Through the 2005 season, Aparicio holds the major league record of 2583 games played in the position. Amazingly, he never played any position other than shortstop. In baseball statistics, games played (denoted by G) indicates the total number of games in which a player has participated (in any capacity). ... A number of sports have a statistic known as an assist: An assist (hockey) goes to the player or players who helped set up a goal. ... After stepping on second base, the fielder throws to first to complete a double play In baseball, a double play (denoted on statistics sheets by DP) for a team or a fielder is the act of making two outs during the same continuous playing action. ... In baseball statistics, a putout (denoted by PO or fly-ball when appropriate) is given to a defensive player who records an out by one of the following methods: tagging a runner with the ball touching a base that a runner on a force play is trying to reach catching... In baseball statistics, total chances (denoted by TC) represents the number of plays that a defensive player participated in. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2005 throughout the world. ... In baseball statistics, games played (denoted by G) indicates the total number of games in which a player has participated (in any capacity). ...


Baseball honors

Luis Aparicio was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984, the first native of South America so honored. In 1981, Lawrence Ritter and Donald Honig included him in their book The 100 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time. In 1999, The Sporting News did not include him on their list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, but Major League Baseball did list him as one of their 100 nominees for their All-Century Team. See also: 1983 in sports, other events of 1984, 1985 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing Stock car racing: NASCAR Championship - Terry Labonte Cale Yarborough won the Daytona 500 Richard Petty won the 200th (and final) race of his career on July 4. ... South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Lawrence S. Ritter (1922 - 2004) was a writer whose specialty was baseball. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... The Sporting News (TSN) is an American-based sports newspaper. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


He was given the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Game One of the 2005 World Series, the first World Series game to be played in Chicago by the Chicago White Sox since the 1959 World Series, when Aparicio had been the starting shortstop for the Sox. The 2005 World Series, the 101st playing of Major League Baseballs championship series, saw the American League champion Chicago White Sox sweep the National League champion Houston Astros 4 games to 0 in the best-of-seven-games series, winning their third championship and first since 1917. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The 1959 World Series featured the Los Angeles Dodgers, who had won their first pennant since moving from Brooklyn in 1958 by defeating the Milwaukee Braves 2-0 in a three-game pennant playoff, and the Chicago White Sox, who had earned their first pennant in the 40 years since...


Landmarks bearing his family name

There is a stadium in Maracaibo, Venezuela bearing his father's name. The full name of the stadium is Estadio Luis Aparicio El Grande (Stadium Luis Aparicio the Great) in honor to Luis Aparicio Montiel. Nickname: La Tierra del Sol Amada (English:The Beloved Land of the Sun) Motto: Muy noble y leal Coordinates: Country Venezuela State Zulia Counties Maracaibo  - Mayor Gian Carlo Di Martino (2000 – 2008) Area    - City 550 km²  (212. ... Estadio Luis Aparicio El Grande is a multi-use stadium in Maracaibo, Venezuela. ...


There are also several streets and avenues bearing his name throughout Venezuela.


In 2006 Aparicio had a life-sized bronze statue of himself unveiled at U.S. Cellular Field. U.S. Cellular Field a. ...

The statue of Luis Aparicio on the center field concourse at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois.

Luis Aparicio is mentioned in V., the 1961 novel by Thomas Pynchon. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2048 × 1536 pixel, file size: 413 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2048 × 1536 pixel, file size: 413 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... U.S. Cellular Field a. ...


See also

Gold Glove Awards for defensive excellence were introduced in 1957. ... Between 1939 and 2005, 176 baseball players from Venezuela had played in Major League Baseball. ...

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