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The Man with as Many Career Hits as Career Aches

October 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans!

Like I’ve mentioned many times before, some Hall of Famers never won a World Series ring, or even got a taste of playoff baseball. Naturally, a couple of teams with Hall of Famers without rings come to my mind when I hear this statement. For example, the Expos, Cubs, Padres, Rangers, Angels, Astros, Mariners, Senators/Twins, and more. But the player who I will be focusing on in this post played for the Chicago White Sox. He played in the midst of Chicago’s 87-year World Series drought, but was still a fan favorite. Ladies and gentleman, Luke Appling!

“Old Aches and Pains” (who got his nickname for his constant complaining about his injuries) played from 1930-1950 as the shortstop for the Chi Sox. As a solid leadoff hitter, he was famous for being able to intentionally foul off pitches until receiving the pitch he wanted to smack into the field for a hit. If you count his fouling off pitches totals, he might have had more career hits than Pete Rose! He won the AL batting crown twice, one time batting an astounding .388 (1936). The seven-time All Star finished with a .310 lifetime average and a career total of 2,749 hits, which happens to be 53rd on the all time list. He was also selected as the White Sox’s greatest player by the Chicago fans, which would explain why he has a plaque in the Hall of Fame since 1964.

As you can see, not all Hall of Famers are known for just their hits that went fair and into the stands. Some, like Luke, are known for their hits that went into the stands in foul territory. Anyway, thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed it and check back in a couple of days for more of “all the buzz on what wuzz.”

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