Tuesday, December 18, 2007

#11 - Luis Aparicio

The best player at number 11 is Luis Aparicio. No contest. Sorry Rudy Law, it's not you. Not by a long shot. Luis Aparicio's number is retired by the White Sox. He is an automatic inclusion, but even if he wasn't, he still kicks serious butt with his competition.

He was an All-Star 10 times. He won the Gold Glove at shortstop 9 times. Luis was also the 1956 AL Rookie of the Year. He led the league in stolen bases 9 years in a row starting in 1956.

He is so associated with the White Sox, that few realize that he also played with the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox. Luis even has a statue at U.S. Cellular Field. No other player can come close to what Luis did in this uniform number on the White Sox. Rudy Law eventually broke his single season White Sox stolen base record, but that's the only person ever to come close to Luis, who was wearing number 11.

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