Monday, March 9, 2009

The Rest Of The Aparicio Card

When I reported on a stadium seat relic of Luis Aparicio's being pulled from a box of 2009 Topps Heritage, I had no clue that an anonymous poster would take so much offense to a card of Luis Aparicio commemorating a moment from Briggs Stadium.

Well, the card came today and the rest of the story has been revealed.

Aparicio's final appearance at Briggs Stadium before it's name was changed to Tiger Stadium in January 1961, came during a doubleheader on September 18, 1960. Playing for the visiting White Sox, he delivered 4 hits in 8 at-bats, including an RBI single that gave Chicago the lead in the sixth inning of the nightcap. Luis would hit 11 home runs there in his career - his most at any road ballpark.

The White Sox lost the opener, but prevailed in the nightcap. As for the rumor that Aparicio tripped rounding third base, in 1972 as a member of the Red Sox, in a game that clinched the division for Detroit... I cannot find any evidence to suggest that scenario ever happened. The Tigers did clinch against the Red Sox in 1972. Aparicio did play in that game, but never made it past second base.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

As the son of a South Sider, whose favorite player of all time was Aparicio, these entries make me smile.

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