Luke Appling

Lucius Benjamin Appling
Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 1964
Primary team: Chicago White Sox
Primary position: Shortstop

He was a line-drive machine for 20 seasons, a man who had more career extra-base hits (587) than strikeouts (528).

Luke Appling had a reputation for nagging injuries, but his career numbers illustrate a player who was remarkably durable and consistent.

Appling broke into the big leagues with the Chicago White Sox in 1930 and became entrenched at shortstop the following season. By 1936, Appling won his first All-Star Game selection en route to a .388 batting average – the top single-season mark ever by a modern-era shortstop. That same season, Appling drove in 128 runs while hitting just six homers – the second-best RBI total ever for anyone with less than 10 home runs in a season.

Appling also had one of the best batting eyes in the game, averaging about 87 walks and just 35 strikeouts per season en route to a career on-base percentage of .399. All this came despite a variety of maladies that earned Appling the nickname "Old Aches and Pains."

"Few were better or more deadly with two strikes than Appling," wrote Arthur Daley of The New York Times. "He just waited for the pitch he wanted and lashed into it. If there was a good pitch he didn’t want, he artistically spoiled it by fouling it off."

Appling finished his career in 1950 with a .310 career batting average, two batting titles, seven All-Star Game selections and 2,749 hits. He played each of his 20 big league seasons with the White Sox and was named the Sox's greatest player by Chicago fans in 1969.

Appling was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1964. He passed away on Jan. 3, 1991.

"He developed into an ideal hit-and-run man, extremely good at protecting the runner in one of the game’s most complicated maneuvers. "
Lee Allen

Career stats

ESSENTIAL STATS
Year Inducted: 1964
Primary Team: Chicago White Sox
Position Played: Shortstop
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Birth place: High Point, North Carolina
Birth year: 1907
Died: 1991, Cumming, Georgia
Played for:
Chicago White Sox (1930-1943)
Chicago White Sox (1945-1950)
CAREER AT A GLANCE
GamesG
2422
At BatsAB
8856
RunsR
1319
HitsH
2749
Doubles2B
440
Triples3B
102
Home RunsHR
45
RBIRBI
1116
Stolen BasesSB
179
WalksBB
1302
Batting AverageBA
.310
OPSOPS
.798
On Base %OBP
.399
Slugging %SLG
.398