- Luis Aparicio
Infobox MLB retired
birthdate=birth date and age|1934|4|29
Chicago White Sox
Boston Red Sox
Chicago White Sox(by|1956–by|1962)
Chicago White Sox(by|1968–by|1970)
Boston Red Sox(by|1971–by|1973)
* 10x All-Star selection (1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1970, 1971, 1972)
World Serieschampion (1966)
Gold Glove Awardwinner (1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1970)
AL Rookie of the Year
* Chicago White Sox #11 retired
Luis Ernesto Aparicio Montiel (born
April 29, 1934) is a former shortstopin professional baseballand a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. His career spanned three decades, from by|1956 through by|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.
Born in Maracaibo, Zulia State,
Venezuela, 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 Leaguein stolen bases in his debut year of by|1956, winning both the Rookie of the Yearand "The Sporting News" Rookie of the Year awards.
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 Awardnine times (1958–62, 1964, 1966, 1970). He was also a ten-time All-Star (1958–64, 1970–72) and a key player on the by|1959 "Go-Go" White Sox that won the American Leaguepennant that year. The White Sox were generally successful during his tenure, but when he showed up overweight and had an off year in by|1962, the White Sox dealt him to the Baltimore Orioles the following season.
Aparicio regained his form in Baltimore and was ninth in the MVP balloting in by|1966 when he helped the Orioles reach the World Series, which they won. He returned to the White Sox for the by|1968 season after being traded for
Don Bufordand had his best overall offensive season in by|1970, hitting .312 and scoring 86 runs. He put in three more seasons with the Boston Red Sox before retiring for good.
Aparicio batted a more than respectable .262 for his career but he also shares the distinction of tying the longest Major League hitless streak for non-pitchers in the last 50 years by going 0 for 44 with the
Boston Red Soxin 1971. He batted a career low .232 that year. But even in his last year as an active player in 1973 he rebounded to hit .271 while still playing regularly at age 39. He had 13 consecutive seasons with enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title and an on-base percentage less than .325, a MLB record. (His career OBP was slightly better than the shortstops' one during those years; .311 vs .309) A more impressive streak was his 16 straight seasons with more than 500 plate appearances, tied for fifth best in MLB history.
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 chancesby an AL baseball shortstop. His 2583 games played at shortstop stood as the Major League record for that position from his retirement in 1973 until May 2008 when it was surpassed by Omar Vizquel. Amazingly, Aparicio never played any defensive position other than shortstop.
Luis Aparicio was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in by|1984, the first native of
South Americaso honored. Aparicio was also inducted into the Hispanic Heritage Baseball MuseumHall of Fame.cite web |url=http://www.hispanicbaseballmuseum.com/fme_aparicio.html|title=Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum |format= |work= |accessdate=2008-07-21] In 1981, Lawrence Ritterand Donald Honigincluded 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 Baseballdid list him as one of their 100 nominees for their All-Century Team.
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 Soxsince the 1959 World Series, when Aparicio had been the starting shortstop for the Sox.
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 Ortega. Also, the sports complex where the stadium is located is named Polideportivo Luis Aparicio Montiel.
There are also several streets and avenues bearing his name throughout Venezuela.
In 2006, two bronze statues, one depicting him, the other depicting his teammate and fellow infielder
Nellie Fox, were unveiled on the outfield councourse of U.S. Cellular Field. Fox's statue depicts him flipping a baseball toward Aparicio, while Aparicio is depicted as preparing to receive the ball from Fox.
List of Gold Glove middle infield duos
List of players from Venezuela in Major League Baseball
List of major league players with 2,000 hits
List of Major League Baseball players with 1000 runs
List of Major League Baseball players with 500 stolen bases
List of Major League Baseball stolen base champions
List of Major League Baseball players with 400 stolen bases
Major League Baseball titles leaders
title = American League Stolen Base Champion
years = by|1956-by|1964
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