Luis Aparicio became the model that all other shortstops were based upon. Flashing defense and speed, Aparicio owned his position in a way that was unseen until that point in history. Over a 17-year career that began with the Chicago White Sox in 1956, he led the American League in steals nine years in a row, beginning his freshman year. When he retired, he held the lifetime records for shortstops in games played, assists, and double plays turned. He never played another position in his entire big-league career.
Luis Aparicio is the only Hall of Famer originally from Venezuela.
January 20, 2013
White Plains, NY