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A. Cavatica
06-15-2004, 11:08 PM
Lee's streak has brought Luke Appling to mind. He has to be one of the least appreciated Hall-of-Famers ever; part of that's because of the 45 career home runs, part of it's because he never played in a post-season game. But if any Sox has posted a .388 season since Luke did in 1936, I can't think of him.

I'm not old enough to have seen Appling play, but my father tells a great story about how his family followed the great Jewish shortstop, Lou Kaplan...

Appling's Hall of Fame page:
http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/hofers_and_honorees/hofer_bios/appling_luke.htm

Appling's career stats:
http://www.baseball-reference.com/a/applilu01.shtml

JRIG
06-15-2004, 11:13 PM
Lee's streak has brought Luke Appling to mind. He has to be one of the least appreciated Hall-of-Famers ever; part of that's because of the 45 career home runs, part of it's because he never played in a post-season game. But if any Sox has posted a .388 season since Luke did in 1936, I can't think of him.

I'm not old enough to have seen Appling play, but my father tells a great story about how his family followed the great Jewish shortstop, Lou Kaplan...

Appling's Hall of Fame page:
http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/hofers_and_honorees/hofer_bios/appling_luke.htm

Appling's career stats:
http://www.baseball-reference.com/a/applilu01.shtmlI'm amazed how, for the most part, even we Sox fans overvalue Luis Aparicio and underrate Luke Appling. Appling was incredible.

DrCrawdad
06-15-2004, 11:49 PM
Lee's streak has brought Luke Appling to mind. He has to be one of the least appreciated Hall-of-Famers ever; part of that's because of the 45 career home runs, part of it's because he never played in a post-season game. But if any Sox has posted a .388 season since Luke did in 1936, I can't think of him.

I'm not old enough to have seen Appling play, but my father tells a great story about how his family followed the great Jewish shortstop, Lou Kaplan...

Appling's Hall of Fame page:
http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/hofers_and_honorees/hofer_bios/appling_luke.htm

Appling's career stats:
http://www.baseball-reference.com/a/applilu01.shtml

When Lee struck out in the eighth I thought well there it goes, Lee will be
tied with Appling & Belle at a White Sox record 27 game hitting streak.

Great way to continue Lee's hitting streak, in a comeback win with Shingo
closing the game with ease, and the Sox holding on to first place.

While I'm certainly thrilled to see Carlos pass Albert Belle, I have a
degree of sadness seeing Appling's record passed. My father loved Appling
as a baseball player and always talked about Appling's ability to foul off
pitches.

Luke Appling played his entire 20 year Hall Of Fame career with the Sox. I
hope Frank Thomas also completes his career in a Sox uniform.

On a great night for the Sox and Carlos Lee, here's to you "Old Aches and
Pains."

MRKARNO
06-15-2004, 11:53 PM
While I'm certainly thrilled to see Carlos pass Albert Belle, I have a
degree of sadness seeing Appling's record passed. My father loved Appling
as a baseball player and always talked about Appling's ability to foul off
pitches.

Luke Appling played his entire 20 year Hall Of Fame career with the Sox. I
hope Frank Thomas also completes his career in a Sox uniform.

On a great night for the Sox and Carlos Lee, here's to you "Old Aches and
Pains."
Appling still holds and probably always will hold the Single season white Sox batting average crown at .388. Besides that Thomas will probaly take over almost every White Sox hitting record, though his career average has dipped below that of Appling in recent years.

doublem23
06-16-2004, 12:01 AM
I'm amazed how, for the most part, even we Sox fans overvalue Luis Aparicio and underrate Luke Appling. Appling was incredible.
Yeah, but Aparicio is still romanticized as one of the main clogs in the '59 team... Appling, as incredible as he was, was never on a good team. He'd probably go down as one of the better players of his time if he didn't get stuck on such ****ty teams.

TommyJohn
06-16-2004, 08:01 AM
Lee's streak has brought Luke Appling to mind. He has to be one of the least appreciated Hall-of-Famers ever; part of that's because of the 45 career home runs, part of it's because he never played in a post-season game. But if any Sox has posted a .388 season since Luke did in 1936, I can't think of him.

I'm not old enough to have seen Appling play, but my father tells a great story about how his family followed the great Jewish shortstop, Lou Kaplan...

Appling's Hall of Fame page:
http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/hofers_and_honorees/hofer_bios/appling_luke.htm

Appling's career stats:
http://www.baseball-reference.com/a/applilu01.shtml
A shame that Appling is not better remembered, even by White Sox
fans. Fans in general and Cub fans in particular have sneered at
Appling's accomplishments in comparison to Ernie Banks.

One stat that is forgotten; Appling had 2,749 career hits. He lost almost
two full seasons of his career to World War II. Had he played those seasons
(1944-45) he would most assuredly have had 3,000 career hits.

gosox41
06-16-2004, 10:02 AM
Lee's streak has brought Luke Appling to mind. He has to be one of the least appreciated Hall-of-Famers ever; part of that's because of the 45 career home runs, part of it's because he never played in a post-season game. But if any Sox has posted a .388 season since Luke did in 1936, I can't think of him.

I'm not old enough to have seen Appling play, but my father tells a great story about how his family followed the great Jewish shortstop, Lou Kaplan...

Appling's Hall of Fame page:
http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/hofers_and_honorees/hofer_bios/appling_luke.htm

Appling's career stats:
http://www.baseball-reference.com/a/applilu01.shtml

Don't forgert the mighty Craig Wilson and his .400 avg. in 1999.:D:


Bob

misty60481
06-16-2004, 10:26 AM
I saw Luke play quite a few times in late 40s--his bat control was great he could stand at home plate and foul of a dozen pitches at will. I think one reason he never received the publicity was because of his lack of home run power plus he was quite. The Sox usually have more quite types on there team guys who dont make waves--Baines, Ventura, Pierce, is also reason they get less paper space, Billy Martin was always in some barroom brawl so he made headlines.