Known as “Bucketfoot Al” because of his unorthodox batting stance where he pointed his left foot towards 3rd base, Al Simmons (Aloysius Szymanski) began his career by hitting .302 and driving in 102 runs for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1924. He quickly became one of the most dangerous hitters in the American League, and in his second season he tallied an astounding 253 hits and posted a .387 mark. During his 20 seasons he totaled 307 home runs, 1828 RBIs, 2927 hits, and a .334 lifetime batting average. He had over 200 hits 6 times, 100 RBIs 12 times, and hit over .300 14 times. He won consecutive batting championships in 1930 & ’31. He was known as an intense player both with the bat and as a terrific defensive leftfielder. He was a 3 time AL All-Star, and an important piece of Connie Mack’s powerful pennant winning A’s teams of 1929, ’30 & ’31, and a member of Cincinnati’s 1939 NL champions. In 4 World Series’ he hit 8 home runs and batted .329. He still holds the MLB record for reaching 1,500 hits in the fewest amount of games (1040).
He was inducted into Cooperstown with the Class of 1953.
August 19, 2014