Seven time All-Star and lifetime .310 hitter, Luke Appling spent twenty years patrolling shortstop for the Chicago White Sox. Twice he finished second in MVP balloting, in 1936 and 1943, and four times he finished in the top ten. He had a keen judgment of the strike zone, with an uncanny ability to foul off pitches until he got the one he wanted. In a 1982 Old Timer’s Game, 75 year-old Appling connected to hit a home run out of RFK stadium.
Appling was a hypochondriac whose nickname was “Old Aches and Pains.”
August 16, 2013