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Full Name: Luis Ernesto (Montiel) Aparicio Primary Position: SS
Height/Weight: 5' 9"/160 First Game: April 17, 1956
Birthdate: April 29, 1934 Final Game: September 28, 1973
Birthplace: Maracaibo, Zulia (Venezuela) MLB Experience: 18 years
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Luis Ernesto Aparicio Montiel (born April 29, 1934 in Maracaibo, Zulia State, Venezuela) is a former shortstop in Major League Baseball and a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. From 1956 through 1973, Aparicio played for the Chicago White Sox (1956–62, 1968–70), Baltimore Orioles (1963–67) and Boston Red Sox (1971–73). He batted and threw right handed.

Playing career

Aparicio came from a baseball family. His father, Luis Sr. was a notable shortstop in Venezuela and owned a Winter League team with Aparicio's uncle, Ernesto.

Aparicio was heavily scouted by the Cleveland Indians, but Chicago White Sox GM Frank Lane, on the recommendation of fellow Venezuelan shortstop Chico Carrasquel, signed Aparicio for $5,000 down and $5,000 in first year salary. He played well in the minors and then led the American League in stolen bases in his debut year of 1956, winning both the MLB Rookie of the Year and The Sporting News Rookie of the Year awards.

Over the next decade, Aparicio set the standard for the spray-hitting, slick-fielding, speedy shortstop. He led the AL in stolen bases in nine consecutive seasons (1956–64) and won the Gold Glove Award nine times (1958–62, 1964, 1966, 1970). He was also a ten-time All-Star (1958–64, 1970–72) and a key player on the 1959 "Go-Go" White Sox that won the American League pennant that year. The White Sox were generally successful during his tenure, but when he showed up overweight and had an off year in 1962, the White Sox dealt him to the Baltimore Orioles the following season.

Aparicio regained his form in Baltimore and was ninth in the MVP balloting in 1966 when he helped the Orioles reach the World Series, which they won. He returned to the White Sox for the 1968 season after being traded for Don Buford and had his best overall offensive season in 1970, hitting .312 and scoring 86 runs. He put in three more seasons with the Boston Red Sox before retiring for good.


At his retirement, Aparicio was the all-time leader for most games played, assists and double plays by a MLB shortstop and the all-time leader for putouts and total chances by an AL baseball shortstop. Through the 2005 season, Aparicio holds the major league record of 2581 games played in the position. Amazingly, he never played in another position than shortstop.

Luis Aparicio was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984. He was given the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Game One of the 2005 World Series, the first World Series game to be played in Chicago by the Chicago White Sox since the 1959 World Series, when Aparicio had been the starting shortstop for the Sox.

Landmarks bearing his family name

There is a stadium in Maracaibo, Venezuela bearing his father's name. The full name of the stadium is "Estadio Luis Aparicio El Grande" (Stadium Luis Aparicio the Great) in honor to Luis Aparicio Montiel.

There are also several streets and avenues bearing his name throughout Venezuela.


Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1956 CHI A 152 533 69 142 3 56 .266 .311 .341 19 6 34 63 1 14 21 2 9
1957 CHI A 143 575 82 148 3 41 .257 .317 .332 22 6 52 55 0 9 28 1 7
1958 CHI A 145 557 76 148 2 40 .266 .309 .345 20 9 35 38 1 8 29 2 8
1959 CHI A 152 612 98 157 6 51 .257 .316 .332 18 5 53 40 3 11 56 1 11
1960 CHI A 153 600 86 166 2 61 .277 .323 .343 20 7 43 39 1 20 51 3 12
1961 CHI A 156 625 90 170 6 45 .272 .313 .352 24 4 38 33 1 4 53 0 12
1962 CHI A 153 581 72 140 7 40 .241 .280 .334 23 5 32 36 1 4 31 1 11
1963 BAL A 146 601 73 150 5 45 .250 .291 .331 18 8 36 35 2 6 40 2 10
1964 BAL A 146 578 93 154 10 37 .266 .324 .363 20 3 49 51 3 7 57 0 13
1965 BAL A 144 564 67 127 8 40 .225 .286 .339 20 10 46 56 3 14 26 0 11
1966 BAL A 151 659 97 182 6 41 .276 .311 .366 25 8 33 42 1 12 25 2 10
1967 BAL A 134 546 55 127 4 31 .233 .270 .313 22 5 29 44 1 6 18 2 8
1968 CHI A 155 622 55 164 4 36 .264 .302 .334 24 4 33 43 2 5 17 3 10
1969 CHI A 156 599 77 168 5 51 .280 .352 .362 24 5 66 29 2 10 24 1 14
1970 CHI A 146 552 86 173 5 43 .313 .372 .404 29 3 53 34 1 5 8 1 11
1971 BOS A 125 491 56 114 4 45 .232 .284 .303 23 0 35 43 2 9 6 0 7
1972 BOS A 110 436 47 112 3 39 .257 .299 .351 26 3 26 28 2 5 3 0 8
1973 BOS A 132 499 56 135 0 49 .271 .324 .309 17 1 43 33 0 12 13 1 12
Total 2599 10230 1335 2677 83 791 .262 .311 .343 394 92 736 742 27 161 506 22 184

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1956 CHI A SS 152 0 0 250 474 35 91 0 0 0 0 0 .954
1957 CHI A SS 142 139 1246 246 449 20 85 0 0 0 0 0 .972
1958 CHI A SS 145 145 1266 289 463 21 90 0 0 0 0 0 .973
1959 CHI A SS 152 150 1338.2 282 460 23 87 1 0 0 0 0 .970
1960 CHI A SS 153 152 1345 305 551 18 117 0 0 0 0 0 .979
1961 CHI A SS 156 151 1331 264 487 30 86 0 0 0 0 0 .962
1962 CHI A SS 152 141 1280.2 280 452 20 102 0 0 0 0 0 .973
1963 BAL A SS 145 145 1274.1 275 403 12 76 0 0 0 0 0 .983
1964 BAL A SS 145 144 1271.2 260 437 15 98 0 0 0 0 0 .979
1965 BAL A SS 141 139 1269.2 238 439 20 87 0 0 0 0 0 .971
1966 BAL A SS 151 151 1366 303 441 17 104 0 0 0 0 0 .978
1967 BAL A SS 131 128 1146.2 221 333 25 67 0 0 0 0 0 .957
1968 CHI A SS 156 151 1356.1 269 535 19 92 0 0 0 0 0 .977
1969 CHI A SS 154 153 1321.2 248 563 20 94 0 0 0 0 0 .976
1970 CHI A SS 146 140 1196 251 483 18 99 0 0 0 0 0 .976
1971 BOS A SS 121 121 1057 194 338 16 56 0 0 0 0 0 .971
1972 BOS A SS 108 108 935.2 183 304 16 54 1 0 0 0 0 .968
1973 BOS A SS 132 129 1104.2 190 404 21 68 0 0 0 0 0 .966
Total SS 2582 2387 21107 4548 8016 366 1553 2 0 0 0 0 .972

Transactions

  • Signed as an amateur free agent by Chicago White Sox (1954).
  • Traded by Chicago White Sox with Al Smith to Baltimore Orioles in exchange for Hoyt Wilhelm, Dave Nicholson, Pete Ward and Ron Hansen (January 14, 1963).
  • Traded by Baltimore Orioles with Russ Snyder and John Matias to Chicago White Sox in exchange for Don Buford, Bruce Howard and Roger Nelson (November 29, 1967).
  • Traded by Chicago White Sox to Boston Red Sox in exchange for Mike Andrews and Luis Alvarado (December 1, 1970).
  • Released by Boston Red Sox (March 26, 1974).

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