Luis Aparicio was known for his speed and fielding. He led the American League in stolen bases a (still) record nine straight seasons, and racked up nine Gold Glove Awards over the span of his career. The White Sox were well served by shortstops for quite a stretch of time. HoFer Luke Appling held the spot from 1930-1950, then Aparicio manned the position from 1956-1962, then again from 1968-1970. Between 1950 and 1955, the position was well served by four time All-Star Chico Carrasquel. Top row: 69 Topps; 72 Topps; and a 72 Topps IA. Middle row: 73 APBA game card; Newspaper clipping of early 70's all-star game starters; and a 73 Topps. Bottom row: 74 Topps; 77 TCMA/Galasso; and an 87 Baseball Immortals (SSPC HoF) card. Second sheet, top row: 2001 Fleer Greats of the Game; 2002 Topps Reprint of 1960 Topps; and a 2005 Upper Deck Legendary Cuts (why did UD have to print landscape cards with an opposite orientation from almost every other card manufacturer? Grrr.
Richie Ashburn accumulated 2,574 hits with a lifetime batting average of .308 and an on-base percentage of .396 in his 15 year career. With only 29 home runs, he was a true "spray hitter." Ashburn accumulated the most hits (1,875) of any batter during the 1950s. He appears to be well regarded as a center fielder. There are two funny stories I learned of Ashburn from Baseball-Reference. The first: "During an August 17, 1957 game Ashburn hit a foul ball into the stands that struck spectator Alice Roth, wife of Philadelphia Bulletin sports editor Earl Roth, breaking her nose. When play resumed Ashburn fouled off another ball that struck her while she was being carried off in a stretcher. Ashburn and Mrs. Roth maintained a friendship for many years, and the Roths' son later served as a Phillies batboy." The second: "One oft-told story is that on short flies to center or left-center, center fielder Ashburn would collide with shortstop Elio Chacón. Chac
In the history of MLB there has only been (so far) four Grandfather-Father-Son combinations: the Boone's , Bell's , Hairston's, and the Coleman's. These posts depict my collection of baseball cards that represent these baseball royalty families. The Hairston's. The Hairston's may be the biggest major league baseball family. Sam Hairston was the father of MLB players Jerry Hairston, Sr. and Johnny Hairston, and the grandfather of Jerry Hairston, Jr. and Scott Hairston. A son, Sammy Hairston Jr., and three grandsons, Johnny Hairston Jr., Jeff Hairston and Jason Hairston played in the minor leagues. The five Hairston's who have played in the majors are tied for the most ever with the Delahanty brothers. Sam Hairston was a Negro League baseball and Major League Baseball player. He played for the Birmingham Black Barons and the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro Leagues and played part of one season (1951) with the Chicago White Sox as a catcher. In his one MLB sea