Fox records seven straight hits in doubleheader
Fox ranked third in the American League behind Harvey Keunn and Al Kaline with 192 hits at the season’s end. Living up to his reputation as one of the AL’s toughest outs, he hit .296 and struck out only 14 times in 721 plate appearances.
The 15-time All-Star would go on to win the AL MVP Award in 1959, hitting .306 with 34 doubles, 70 RBI and a .380 OBP, while striking out only 13 times.
Fox finished his 19-year MLB career after the 1965 season with the Houston Astros, helping nurture future Hall of Famer Joe Morgan at second base. Fox compiled a .288 average, 2,663 hits and 790 RBI while striking out only 216 times in 10,351 plate appearances. Also known as a very good defender at second base, he won three Gold Glove Awards despite playing about half of his career before the award was established in 1957.
In 1975, at the age of 47, Fox passed away. He was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veteran’s Committee in 1997.
“The Hall of Fame is for special people who contributed to baseball and made it a better game,” Joe Morgan told the Associated Press in 1997. “Nellie Fox made it a better game than it was before he came along.”
Steven Walters was the 2018 public relations intern in the Hall of Fame’s Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development