Nellie

“If a ballplayer is satisfied, he’s going to slip. You have to keep fighting to improve.”
Hall of Famer Nellie Fox

Nellie Fox was a 12-time All-Star who won the American League’s Most Valuable Player Award in 1959. Fox was a second baseman who finished his career with 2,663 hits and a .288 batting average.

Nellie Fox played in the Major Leagues for more than 15 seasons with the Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, and Houston Astros. Fox batted over .300 on six occasions. Nellie Fox won three Gold Gloves for fielding excellence.

Nellie Fox made the above statement about improving in 1955. He stayed true to his word because four years later he led the Chicago White Sox to their first pennant in 40 years. Fox, along with fellow Hall of Famer and shortstop Luis Aparicio, provided the White Sox with plenty of excitement. Nellie batted .375 in the ’59 World Series. However, the White Sox lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 4 games to 2.

Nellie Fox was a great competitor and a winner who was inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1997. I saw him play at the end of his career. One of the things that stands out is how seldom he struck out. Fox also was a good teammate.. He was very helpful to a young Joe Morgan when Joe was breaking into the Major Leagues with Houston. Nellie Fox excelled as a ballplayer and he was a very good person too.

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