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Luis Ernesto (Montiel) Aparicio
Born: April 29, 1934 in Maracaibo, Venezuela 
Debut: 1956 | Pos: SS
Ht: 5’9″ | Wt: 160 | B: R | T: R

18 2,599 10,230 1,335 2,677 83 791 506 .262

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An original defensive wizard at shortstop, Luis Aparicio holds the records for most games played at shortstop (2,581) and the American League records for putouts and assists. 

Aparicio wasn’t a stellar hitter (his best two seasons were .280 and .313), but he was the poster boy for baserunning. His career totals include 506 stolen bases. He was caught just 136 times for a 79 percent success rate. He led the league in steals every year from 1956 to 1963. He stole 50 or more bases in a season four times. 

Aparicio and teammate, Nellie Fox, formed one of the greatest double-play combinations in the 1950s and 1960s. His defensive skills brought Apaaicio nine Gold Gloves in his career.

He was named American League Rookie of the Year in 1956. In his 18 year career, he played for the White Sox, Orioles and Red Sox.

In 1963, he was traded to the Orioles and in August he recorded his 300th career steal. He returned to the White Sox in late 1967 and had one of his best years in 1968. In 1970, he was traded to the Red Sox and stayed there until he retired in 1973.

In 1972, he had one of the low points for his career. Aparicio would have been the margin of victory in a late-September game, but he fell as he rounded third. The Red Sox could not rally in the game and ended up finishing in second place, 1/2 game behind Detroit.

He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1984 by the baseball writers.