Appling reports for duty
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At the time of his death on Jan. 3, 1991, Appling was a hitting instructor with the Braves’ organization – a position he held for 15 years.
“He was a true Hall of Famer on and off the field,” said Braves general manager Bobby Cox at the time of Appling’s passing. “Even in his 80s, Luke retained and outstanding enthusiasm for the game of baseball. As much as anyone I’ve known, Luke lived a very happy life.”
Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum