Aparicio, Luis

Luis Ernesto Aparicio Montiel
Born: April 29, 1934, Maracaibo, Venezuela
Played For: 
Chicago White Sox (1956-1962, 1968-1970), Baltimore Orioles (1963-1967), Boston Red Sox (1971-1973)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1984

Following his debut in 1956, Luis Aparicio helped to redefine the role and expectations of Major League shortstops with agile fielding, spray-hitting and speedy baserunning. He took Rookie of the Year honors in 1956, collected nine Gold Glove Awards, led the American League in stolen bases nine seasons and was named to the All-Star squad 10 times. When he retired in 1973, he held the career record for shortstops for games played, double plays and assists.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that over his 18-year Major League career, Luis Aparicio never played a single big league inning at any position other than shortstop?
Luis Aparicio is the only guy that I ever saw go behind second base, make the turn and throw Mickey Mantle out. He was as sure-handed as anyone.
Phil Rizzuto