Appling, Luke

Lucius Benjamin Appling
Born: April 2, 1907, High Point, North Carolina
Died: January 3, 1991, Cumming, Georgia
Played For: 
Chicago White Sox (1930-1943, 1945-1950)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1964

Holding down the White Sox shortstop position during his 20-year career, Luke Appling proved to be a consistent fielder, solid leadoff hitter and fan favorite. As a leadoff batter, he was known for his ability to intentionally foul off pitches until receiving the pitch he wanted for a base hit. He twice captured the American League batting title, finished with a .310 lifetime average and a career total of 2,749 hits. The seven-time All-Star selection was also selected as the White Sox's greatest player by the Chicago fans.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that Luke Appling never reached the postseason in 20 seasons with the Chicago White Sox?
Few were better or more deadly with two strikes than Appling. He just waited for the pitch he wanted and lashed into it.
sportswriter Arthur Daley