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Aparicio regained his form in Baltimore and was ninth in the [[MLB Most Valuable Player Award|MVP]] balloting in [[1966]] when he helped the Orioles reach the [[1966 World Series|World Series]], which they won. He returned to the White Sox for the [[1968]] season after being traded for [[Don Buford]] and had his best overall offensive season in [[1970]], hitting .312 and scoring 86 [[run|runs]]. He put in three more seasons with the Boston Red Sox before retiring for good. He was released by the Boston Red Sox in the spring 1974 (along with Orlando Cepeda) and retired when no other team made him a comparable salary offer.
 
Aparicio regained his form in Baltimore and was ninth in the [[MLB Most Valuable Player Award|MVP]] balloting in [[1966]] when he helped the Orioles reach the [[1966 World Series|World Series]], which they won. He returned to the White Sox for the [[1968]] season after being traded for [[Don Buford]] and had his best overall offensive season in [[1970]], hitting .312 and scoring 86 [[run|runs]]. He put in three more seasons with the Boston Red Sox before retiring for good. He was released by the Boston Red Sox in the spring 1974 (along with Orlando Cepeda) and retired when no other team made him a comparable salary offer.
   
At his retirement, Aparicio was the all-time leader for most [[games played]], [[assist|assist]]s and [[double play]]s by a MLB shortstop and the all-time leader for [[putout]]s and [[total chances]] by an AL baseball shortstop. Through the [[2005 in baseball|2005]] season, Aparicio holds the major league record of 2583 [[games played]] in the position. Amazingly, he never played in another position than shortstop.
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At his retirement, Aparicio was the all-time leader for most [[games played]], [[assist|assist]]s and [[double play]]s by a MLB shortstop and the all-time leader for [[putout]]s and [[total chances]] by an AL baseball shortstop. Through the [[2005 in baseball|2005]] season, Aparicio holds the major league record of 2581 [[games played]] in the position. Amazingly, he never played in another position than shortstop.
   
Luis Aparicio was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in [[1984]] (elected with Harmon Killebrew and Don Drysdale), the first native of [[South America]] so honored. In [[1981]], [[Lawrence Ritter]] and [[Donald Honig]] included him in their book ''The 100 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time''. In [[1999]], ''[[The Sporting News]]'' did not include him on their list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, but [[Major League Baseball]] did list him as one of their 100 nominees for their All-Century Team.
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Luis Aparicio was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in [[1984]], the first native of [[South America]] so honored. In [[1981]], [[Lawrence Ritter]] and [[Donald Honig]] included him in their book ''The 100 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time''. In [[1999]], ''[[The Sporting News]]'' did not include him on their list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, but [[Major League Baseball]] did list him as one of their 100 nominees for their All-Century Team.
   
 
He was given the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Game One of the [[2005 World Series]], the first World Series game to be played in Chicago by the [[Chicago White Sox]] since the [[1959 World Series]], when Aparicio had been the starting shortstop for the Sox.
 
He was given the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Game One of the [[2005 World Series]], the first World Series game to be played in Chicago by the [[Chicago White Sox]] since the [[1959 World Series]], when Aparicio had been the starting shortstop for the Sox.
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