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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.
   
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.
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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.
   
 
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.
 
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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==See also==
 
==See also==
*[[/Magazine covers|Magazine covers]]
 
 
* [[List of Gold Glove middle infield duos]]
 
* [[List of Gold Glove middle infield duos]]
 
*[[List of players from Venezuela in Major League Baseball]]
 
*[[List of players from Venezuela in Major League Baseball]]
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[[Category:Baseball Hall of Fame|Aparicio, Luis]]
[[Category:Hall of Fame|Aparicio, Luis]]
 
 
[[Category:American League All-Stars|Aparicio, Luis]]
 
[[Category:American League All-Stars|Aparicio, Luis]]
 
[[Category:1966 Baltimore Orioles World Series Championship Team|Aparicio, Luis]]
 
[[Category:1966 Baltimore Orioles World Series Championship Team|Aparicio, Luis]]
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