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8. Nellie Fox

8. Nellie Fox
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: December 25, 1927 in St. Thomas, PA USA
  • Weight: 160 lbs.
  • Height: 5'10"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: June 08, 1947
  • Final Game: July 25, 1965
  • TSN All-Star - 1955
  • TSN All-Star - 1956
  • Gold Glove - 1957
  • TSN All-Star - 1958
  • Gold Glove - 1959
  • Most Valuable Player - 1959
  • TSN All-Star - 1959
  • TSN Player of the Year - 1959
  • Gold Glove - 1960
 
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The offensive leader of the Chicago’s “Go-Go Sox” teams of the 50s, Nellie Fox first arrived in the Windy City when he was traded after the 1949 season straight up for Joe Tipton.  This transaction would turn out to be one of the most lopsided trades in history, as Tipton would only have 113 Hits for the Athletics, and Fox would begin his march to Cooperstown.

Fox won the starting Second Base job for the White Sox in his first season there (1950), and from 1951 to 1961, he was a perennial All-Star, earning another one in 1963, which was his last season in Chicago.  Fox would become a certifiable hitting machine.  He would lead the American League in Hits four times (1952, 1954, 1957 & 1958), and he would exceed 180 Hits eight times.  Fox also batted .300 six times and would bat .291 overall for Chicago.  He would win the American League MVP in 1959, the same season that he took the White Sox to win the Pennant.  They didn't win the World Series, by Fox batted .375 in the Fall Classic.

Fox was also known for his exemplary defensive skills.  He would win three Gold Gloves and would have gained a lot more put the trophy did not come into existence until 1957.  Fox led the American League Second Basemen in Total Zone Runs four times and Fielding Percentage six times.

Fox would enter the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997. 

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Second Base
  • Acquired: Traded from the Philadelphia Athletics for Joe Tipton 10/19/49.
  • Departed: Traded to the Houston Colt .45s for Jim Golden, Danny Murphy, and Cash 12/10/63.
  • Games Played: 2115
  • Notable Statistics: 1,187 Runs, 2,470 Hits, 335 Doubles, 104 Triples, 35 Home Runs, 740 Runs Batted In, 73 Stolen Bases, .291/.349/.367 Slash Line, 46.9 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    MVP (1959)

    All-Star (1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961 & 1963)

    Gold Glove (1957, 1959 & 1960)

    Highest Defensive bWAR (1959)

    Most At Bats (1952, 1955, 1956, 1959 & 1960)

    Most Plate Appearances (1956, 1957, 1958, 1959 & 1960)

    Most Hits (1952, 1954, 1957 & 1958)

    Most Triples (1960)

    Most Hit by Pitch (1956)

    Most Sacrifice Hits (1961)

    Most Putouts by a Second Baseman (1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960 & 1961)

    Most Assists by a Second Baseman (1952, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959 & 1960)

    Most Double Plays Turned by a Second Baseman (1954, 1956, 1957, 1958 & 1960)

    Most Total Zone Runs by a Second Baseman (1954, 1955, 1957 & 1959)

    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Second Baseman (1951, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957 & 1960)

    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Second Baseman (1952, 1954, 1956, 1959, 1962 & 1963)
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