Simmons, Al

Aloysius Harry Simmons
Born: May 22, 1902, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Died: May 26, 1956, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Played For: 
Philadelphia Athletics (1924-1932, 1940-1941, 1944), Chicago White Sox (1933-1935), Detroit Tigers (1936), Washington Senators (1937-1938), Boston Braves (1939), Cincinnati Reds (1939), Boston Red Sox (1943)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1953

Called Bucketfoot Al because of an unusual batting style in which he stepped toward the dugout, Al Simmons confounded the purists to the tune of 307 home runs and a .334 average. The Philadelphia Athletics left fielder compiled more hits than any right-handed batter in American League history until he was surpassed by Al Kaline. A deadly clutch-hitter and favorite of Connie Mack, Simmons won batting titles in 1930 and '31 to help the A's to consecutive pennants. He recorded 11 consecutive seasons as a .300 hitter and 100-RBI man.

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Did You Know: 
that Al Simmons was born to Polish immigrants in Milwaukee as Aloysius Szymanski, but he changed his name after seeing an ad for a hardware store in the newspaper?
Baseball doesn't owe me a thing. It was wonderful to me, and I owe everything I've got to the game. That's one reason why Id like to stay with it. No other business or fame could have iven me so many happy years.