Burgos: Luis Aparicio’s White Sox debut launched a Hall of Fame career

From SABR member Adrian Burgos Jr. at La Vida Baseball on September 7, 2018:

The 1956 season was a new era for the Chicago White Sox. Rookie Luis Aparicio took over the Sox starting shortstop job from Opening Day onward.

An offseason trade in October 1955 had virtually assured the Venezuelan native the starting job the following season. Aparicio would play in 152 of the White Sox’s 154 games in 1956. His excellent glove, base-stealing abilities and contribution to the Sox’s evolving offensive game earned him the American League Rookie of the Year Award.

Aparicio did more than replace Alfonso “Chico” Carrasquel as the starting shortstop. “Little Louie” set a new standard as a Gold Glove fielder, base stealer extraordinaire and All-Star shortstop.

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Originally published: September 7, 2018. Last Updated: September 7, 2018.