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The Hall of Fame Chicago White Sox short stops from two different eras are shown together with their gloves open in this rare publicity photo.
Photograph signed: "'Luke' Appling" and "Luis Aparicio". B/w, 10x8. LUKE APPLING spent his entire 20-year career with the Chicago White Sox (1930-1950), with a .310 lifetime batting average and setting fielding records for shortstops. LUIS APARICIO also played shortstop for the White Sox (1956-1962, 1968-1970) as well as the Orioles (1963-1967) and Red Sox (1971-1973), also setting fielding records for shortstops (some of them previously held by Appling). Both are Hall of Famers. Creased at upper right and lower left blank corners. Flaws in original negative have reproduced on image. Fine condition.

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Born: April 2, 1907 in High Point, North Carolina
Died: January 3, 1991 in Cumming, Georgia

Full name Lucius Benjamin Appling
Born April 2, 1907, High Point, North Carolina
Died January 3, 1991, Cumming, Georgia
Buried at Sawnee View Memorial Gardens, Cumming, Georgia (Mausoleum, Chapel West, Crypt 140, 3rd Level from Bottom)
First Game: September 10, 1930; Final Game: October 1, 1950
Managed First Game: August 21, 1967; Managed Final Game: October 1, 1967
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 5' 10" Weight: 183

Selected to the Hall of Fame in 1964
Named Minor League Manager of the Year by The Sporting News (1952)
Named shortstop on The Sporting News Major League All-Star Team (1936, 1940 and 1943)

This article was written by Ralph Berger and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research

Luke Appling had the misfortune of playing for the White Sox during some of their leanest years. A decade before his arrival, the franchise had been devastated by the Black Sox scandal, when eight players conspired to fix the 1919 World Series and were banned from baseball, and the team did not compete again until the 1950s. Appling, a happy-go-lucky man and a notorious hypochondriac, was one of the Sox' few bright lights. He never got to play in a World Series, as his career was ending just as the team embarked on a period of competitiveness highlighted by their 1959 pennant.

At a time when America, along with the rest of the world, was struggling to cope with the worst depression in its history and the ominous rise of fascism in Europe, baseball provided some diversion from dark times. Appling started his major league career in 1930, just about the beginning of the Depression. The best word to describe Luke Appling is durability, a quality he showed throughout his baseball career and his life. He was emblematic of an America struggling through the Depression and digging into their psyches (perhaps unknowingly) to prepare for another world war. Appling endured and so did America.

"Old Aches and Pains," as Appling was called, was arguably the greatest hypochondriac to ever play the game. Backaches, headaches, bad knees, eye problems would torment him-and then he'd go out and get three hits.

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Film Credits
2009-2011 Prime 9 (Other), 2006 DHL Presents Major League Baseball Hometown Heroes (Other), 1992 The 50 Greatest Home Runs in Baseball History (Other), 1982 1982 Cracker Jack Oldtimer's Baseball Classic (in person)

Born: April 29, 1934 in Maracaibo, Venezuela

Full name Luis Ernesto (Montiel) Aparicio
Born April 29, 1934, Maracaibo, Zulia (Venezuela)
First Game: April 17, 1956; Final Game: September 28, 1973
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 5' 9" Weight: 160

Selected to the Hall of Fame in 1984
Named AL Rookie of the Year by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1956)
Named AL Rookie of the Year by The Sporting News (1956)
Named shortstop on The Sporting News AL All-Star Team (1963, 1966, 1968, 1970 and 1972)
Won AL Gold Glove as shortstop (1958 to 1962, 1964, 1966, 1968 and 1970)

This article was written by Leonte Landino and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research

The name Luis Aparicio is closely linked with Venezuela. Both Luis Aparicio Ortega (Ortega) and his son, Luis Aparicio Montiel (Aparicio), had a significant impact on bringing the game of baseball to new heights in Latin America. For that reason, many say that when talking about one, you can't help but think of the other.

The younger Aparicio was much more than an outstanding baseball player whose endurance, defense, and speed during an 18-year old major-league career earned him a spot in baseball's Hall of Fame. He was a symbol of the growth and development of the game of baseball in Latin America – specifically in Venezuela and in his hometown of Maracaibo. Aparicio's place among the greatest players in baseball signified the climax of a cycle of progress for the game of baseball, which has become the national sport of Venezuela and an intrinsic part of its cultural heritage.

To fully understand the significance, impact, and legacy of Aparicio's career, one needs to take a journey back into the first steps of the game in Maracaibo.

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Film Credits
2010 Prime 9 (Other), 2008 2008 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 2004 Reverse of the Curse of the Bambino (Other), 2003 The Curse of the Bambino (Other), 2003 2003 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 2001 2001 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1971 1971 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1970 1970 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1966 1966 World Series (in person), 1963 1963 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1959 1959 World Series (in person), 1958 1958 MLB All-Star Game (in person)

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