Nellie Fox

The 5’10” 160-lb Fox was long one of the top AL second basemen. After an unimpressive 1948 rookie season, Fox was traded to the White Sox for catcher Joe Tipton. He became a vital member of the Go-Go Sox for 14 seasons, noted for his tobacco-chewing and aggressive play. He withstood injury and illness to establish a record for consecutive games at second base, playing 798 straight (August 7, 1956 through September 3, 1960).

Teaming first with Chico Carrasquel and then with Luis Aparicio, Fox gave the team strength up the middle. Hard work made him a reliable hitter (six .300-plus seasons) who rarely struck out. He led the AL in fewest strikeouts 11 times and he struck out only 216 times in 9232 career at-bats, the third-best percentage in ML history. In 1959, when the Sox won their first pennant in 40 years, he was AL MVP. The White Sox retired his uniform number, 2, and he was elected to the Hall of Fame by the veteran’s committee in 1997.