Monday, August 13, 2012

August 13

1950 Royal Desserts #16 - Luke Appling

On this day in 1943, Luke Appling collects his 2,000th hit.

In Chicago, against the Boston Red Sox, in the first inning, off of pitcher Tex Hughson, Luke Appling hit a single that drove in Wally Moses for the first White Sox run of the game. The White Sox were trailing 2-0, at the time of Appling's 2,000th hit, but that laid the foundation for the White Sox to move ahead for good in the second inning on a two-run homer by Pale Hose catcher Tom Turner.

Luke was plucked from the Atlanta Crackers on August 19, 1930 by the Chicago White Sox and never looked back. Appling played from 1930 until 1950, only missing 1944 and part of 1945 due to military service in World War II. Luke still has the highest season batting average in White Sox history with .388 in 1936. Appling is also the White Sox leader in position player WAR, at-bats, games played, hits, singles, plate appearances and times on base. Luke was a seven time All-Star selection and has his number four retired by the White Sox.

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