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Aparicio came from a baseball family. His father, Luis Sr. was a notable shortstop in Venezuela and owned a Winter League team with Aparicio's uncle, Ernesto.
 
Aparicio came from a baseball family. His father, Luis Sr. was a notable shortstop in Venezuela and owned a Winter League team with Aparicio's uncle, Ernesto.
   
Aparicio was heavily scouted by the [[Cleveland Indians]], but Chicago White Sox [[general manager|GM]] [[Frank Lane]], on the recommendation of fellow Venezuelan shortstop [[Chico Carrasquel]], signed Aparicio for $5,000 down and $5,000 in first year salary. He played well in the minors and then led the [[American League]] in stolen bases in his debut year of [[1956]], winning both the [[MLB Rookie of the Year award|''MLB'' Rookie of the Year]] and [[The Sporting News Rookie of the Year Award|''The Sporting News'' Rookie of the Year]] awards. Frank Robinson of the Cincinnati Redlegs won the NL Rookie Awards - marking the first year that 2 eventual Hall of Famers were BBWAA Rookles of the Year. (Tom Seaver & Rod Carew in 1967 followed suit).
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Aparicio was heavily scouted by the [[Cleveland Indians]], but Chicago White Sox [[general manager|GM]] [[Frank Lane]], on the recommendation of fellow Venezuelan shortstop [[Chico Carrasquel]], signed Aparicio for $5,000 down and $5,000 in first year salary. He played well in the minors and then led the [[American League]] in stolen bases in his debut year of [[1956]], winning both the [[MLB Rookie of the Year award|''MLB'' Rookie of the Year]] and [[The Sporting News Rookie of the Year Award|''The Sporting News'' Rookie of the Year]] awards. Frank Robinson of the Cincinnati Redlegs won the NL Rookie Awards - marking the first year that 2 eventual Hall of Famers were Rookles of the Year. (Tom Seaver & Rod Carew in 1967 followed suit).
   
 
Over the next decade, Aparicio set the standard for the spray-hitting, slick-fielding, speedy shortstop. He led the AL in stolen bases in nine consecutive seasons (1956-64) and won the [[Gold Glove Award]] nine times (1958-62, 1964, 1966, 1970). He was also a ten-time [[Major League Baseball All-Star Game|All-Star]] (1958-64, 1970-72) and a key player on the [[1959]] "Go-Go" White Sox that won the [[American League]] pennant that year. Aparicio was 2nd to teammate Nellie Fox in the 1959 MVP balloting. The White Sox were generally successful during his tenure, but when he showed up overweight and had an off year in [[1962]], the White Sox dealt him to the Baltimore Orioles the following season. He led the league in fielding percentage a record 8 consecutive years.
 
Over the next decade, Aparicio set the standard for the spray-hitting, slick-fielding, speedy shortstop. He led the AL in stolen bases in nine consecutive seasons (1956-64) and won the [[Gold Glove Award]] nine times (1958-62, 1964, 1966, 1970). He was also a ten-time [[Major League Baseball All-Star Game|All-Star]] (1958-64, 1970-72) and a key player on the [[1959]] "Go-Go" White Sox that won the [[American League]] pennant that year. Aparicio was 2nd to teammate Nellie Fox in the 1959 MVP balloting. The White Sox were generally successful during his tenure, but when he showed up overweight and had an off year in [[1962]], the White Sox dealt him to the Baltimore Orioles the following season. He led the league in fielding percentage a record 8 consecutive years.
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