Although he broke in with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1947, it wasn’t until Nellie Fox went to the Chicago White Sox in 1950 that he became a premiere hitter, fielder and team leader. He would hit better than .300 six times, including his MVP 1959 season when he would lead the Sox to their first pennant since the 1919 Black Sox scandal. Although he had little speed and even less power, Fox was a twelve-time All Star who would finish in the top ten in MVP voting five times. An outstanding fielder, Fox led the AL in fielding percentage four times, and in total chances for nine straight seasons.
After he retired as player, Fox became a Major League coach, working for the Washington Senators (and the Texas Rangers after the franchise moved) under skipper Ted Williams.
August 20, 2011
St. Thomas, PA