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Luke Appling

Lucius Benjamin Appling (Old Aches and Pains or Luscious Luke)

Positions: Shortstop and Third Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 183 lb.

Born: April 2, 1907 in High Point, NC
High School: Fulton HS (Atlanta, GA)
School: Oglethorpe University (Atlanta, GA)(All Transactions)
Debut: September 10, 1930 (Age 23.161, 6,110th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1931 season [*]
Team: WhiteSox 1930-1950

Final Game: October 1, 1950 (Age 43.182)
Inducted into the Hall of Fame by BBWAA in Runoff Election as Player in 1964 (189/201 ballots).
   View Luke Appling Page at the Baseball Hall of Fame (plaque, photos, videos).

Died: January 3, 1991 in Cumming, GA
Buried: Sawnee View Memorial Gardens, Cumming, GA
View Player Bio from the SABR BioProject
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Standard Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
1930 CHW AL 23 SS 6 6 6 33 12 17 4 1 .879 4.83 .940 5.12
1931 CHW AL 24 SS 76 71 69 421 147 232 42 37 .900 4.99 .936 5.18
1931 CHW AL 24 2B 1 1 1 6 4 1 1 0 .833 5.00 .965 5.80
1932 CHW AL 25 SS 85 82 81 519 195 287 37 66 .929 5.67 .941 5.15
1932 CHW AL 25 2B 30 27 27 178 62 110 6 16 .966 5.73 .968 5.92
1932 CHW AL 25 3B 14 13 13 41 13 22 6 2 .854 2.50 .950 2.96
1933 CHW AL 26 SS 151 151 149 903 314 534 55 107 .939 5.62 .942 5.34 MVP-21
1934 CHW AL 27 SS 110 110 108 618 243 341 34 55 .945 5.31 .951 5.24
1934 CHW AL 27 2B 8 8 7 38 21 16 1 4 .974 4.63 .969 5.88
1935 CHW AL 28 SS 153 153 153 930 335 556 39 93 .958 5.82 .957 5.35 MVP-15
1936 CHW AL 29 SS 137 137 136 832 320 471 41 119 .951 5.77 .950 5.35 AS,MVP-2
1937 CHW AL 30 SS 154 154 153 870 280 541 49 111 .944 5.33 .955 5.23 MVP-17
1938 CHW AL 31 SS 78 77 74 427 149 258 20 37 .953 5.22 .953 5.17
1939 CHW AL 32 SS 148 148 145 789 289 461 39 78 .951 5.07 .950 5.16 AS,MVP-33
1940 CHW AL 33 SS 150 150 148 780 307 436 37 83 .953 4.95 .949 4.85 AS,MVP-10
1941 CHW AL 34 SS 154 154 151 809 294 473 42 95 .948 4.98 .948 4.96 AS
1942 CHW AL 35 SS 141 141 136 725 269 418 38 77 .948 4.87 .949 5.01
1943 CHW AL 36 SS 155 155 152 836 300 500 36 115 .957 5.16 .953 5.13 AS,MVP-2
1945 CHW AL 38 SS 17 17 10 100 37 56 7 7 .930 5.47 .951 5.28
1946 CHW AL 39 SS 149 149 142 796 252 505 39 99 .951 5.08 .954 4.97 AS,MVP-12
1947 CHW AL 40 SS 129 128 126 689 232 422 35 86 .949 5.07 .964 5.13 AS,MVP-10
1947 CHW AL 40 3B 2 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 1.00 .960 3.00 AS,MVP-10
1948 CHW AL 41 3B 72 69 67 262 84 163 15 13 .943 3.43 .958 3.04 MVP-22
1948 CHW AL 41 SS 64 62 62 363 133 210 20 50 .945 5.36 .964 5.17 MVP-22
1949 CHW AL 42 SS 141 140 117 729 253 450 26 95 .964 4.99 .963 5.17 MVP-22
1950 CHW AL 43 SS 20 15 15 148.2 90 37 50 3 13 .967 5.27 4.35 .961 5.05 4.96
1950 CHW AL 43 1B 13 13 10 100.1 103 91 12 0 16 1.000 9.24 7.92 .989 9.54 9.37
1950 CHW AL 43 2B 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 6.30 5.80
20 Seasons SS 2218 2200 2133 148.2 12259 4398 7218 643 1424 .948 5.27 5.24 .952 5.05 5.15
3 Seasons 3B 88 83 81 305 98 186 21 15 .931 3.23 .957 3.03
4 Seasons 2B 40 36 35 1.0 222 87 127 8 20 .964 0.00 5.35 .968 6.30 5.90
1 Season 1B 13 13 10 100.1 103 91 12 0 16 1.000 9.24 7.92 .989 9.54 9.37
20 Seasons TOT 2359 2332 2259 250.0 12889 4674 7543 672 1475 .948 6.84 5.18 .953 6.85 5.10
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Sabermetric Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP
1930 CHW AL 23 SS
1931 CHW AL 24 SS
1931 CHW AL 24 2B
1932 CHW AL 25 SS
1932 CHW AL 25 2B
1932 CHW AL 25 3B
1933 CHW AL 26 SS
1934 CHW AL 27 SS
1934 CHW AL 27 2B
1935 CHW AL 28 SS
1936 CHW AL 29 SS
1937 CHW AL 30 SS
1938 CHW AL 31 SS
1939 CHW AL 32 SS
1940 CHW AL 33 SS
1941 CHW AL 34 SS
1942 CHW AL 35 SS
1943 CHW AL 36 SS
1945 CHW AL 38 SS
1946 CHW AL 39 SS
1947 CHW AL 40 SS
1947 CHW AL 40 3B
1948 CHW AL 41 3B
1948 CHW AL 41 SS
1949 CHW AL 42 SS
1950 CHW AL 43 SS
1950 CHW AL 43 1B
1950 CHW AL 43 2B
20 Seasons SS
3 Seasons 3B
4 Seasons 2B
1 Season 1B
20 Seasons TOT
Lg Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1930 CHW AL 23 6 6 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1931 CHW AL 24 96 72 96 77 0 0 0 1 0 76 0 0 0 0 0 17 2
1932 CHW AL 25 139 122 139 129 0 0 0 30 14 85 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
1933 CHW AL 26 151 151 151 151 0 0 0 0 0 151 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1934 CHW AL 27 118 118 118 118 0 0 0 8 0 110 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1935 CHW AL 28 153 153 153 153 0 0 0 0 0 153 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1936 CHW AL 29 138 137 138 137 0 0 0 0 0 137 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1937 CHW AL 30 154 154 154 154 0 0 0 0 0 154 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1938 CHW AL 31 81 77 81 78 0 0 0 0 0 78 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
1939 CHW AL 32 148 148 148 148 0 0 0 0 0 148 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1940 CHW AL 33 150 150 150 150 0 0 0 0 0 150 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1941 CHW AL 34 154 154 154 154 0 0 0 0 0 154 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1942 CHW AL 35 142 141 142 141 0 0 0 0 0 141 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1943 CHW AL 36 155 155 155 155 0 0 0 0 0 155 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1945 CHW AL 38 18 17 18 17 0 0 0 0 0 17 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1946 CHW AL 39 149 149 149 149 0 0 0 0 0 149 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1947 CHW AL 40 139 129 139 130 0 0 0 0 2 129 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
1948 CHW AL 41 139 131 139 135 0 0 0 0 72 64 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
1949 CHW AL 42 142 140 142 141 0 0 0 0 0 141 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1950 CHW AL 43 50 28 50 33 0 0 13 1 0 20 0 0 0 0 0 18 1
20 Seasons 2422 2332 2422 2356 0 0 13 40 88 2218 0 0 0 0 0 67 4
Lg G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
Appearances table is calculated solely from full RetroSheet play-by-play data available from 1973 on. A combination of RetroSheet (starting with the 1914 season) and non-RetroSheet data is used for other seasons.

Advanced Fielding -- SS*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA RHB% BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt Frc Tag Tot 1B 2B Hm Rly Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 643 63 463 163 363 GB GBs GBr LD LDs LDf
1940 CHW AL 33 1108 66% 83% 26% 105 88% 2 59 23 33 3 83 63 17 0 4 8 1 7 0 7 18 6 0 8 0 2 16 6 10 2 0 1
1941 CHW AL 34 2050 59% 84% 26% 204 93% 1 97 51 39 7 161 119 35 0 3 12 0 11 1 9 33 11 3 7 3 3 29 14 15 3 2 1
1942 CHW AL 35 1170 55% 86% 27% 125 91% 1 68 35 30 4 94 67 22 0 2 11 1 9 1 7 21 10 0 7 2 0 19 10 9 2 2 0
1943 CHW AL 36 645 62% 85% 29% 69 88% 1 35 16 17 2 57 44 10 0 2 6 2 3 1 4 16 4 1 5 2 1 14 5 8 2 0 0
1945 CHW AL 38 308 63% 89% 29% 49 80% 2 18 6 10 2 37 22 8 0 2 5 0 3 2 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
1946 CHW AL 39 568 54% 87% 32% 68 91% 1 32 11 16 5 58 46 9 1 1 2 0 1 1 2 15 6 0 3 1 1 12 6 5 2 1 1
1947 CHW AL 40 3013 61% 84% 28% 320 90% 0 151 66 77 8 256 196 52 1 2 26 1 20 5 20 58 14 6 21 4 5 56 20 31 2 2 0
1948 CHW AL 41 1496 58% 85% 28% 170 92% 8 83 34 41 8 139 96 33 1 2 10 0 7 3 8 33 15 3 8 2 3 32 19 13 1 1 0
1949 CHW AL 42 3427 61% 82% 28% 356 92% 6 161 69 78 14 278 209 56 1 6 17 0 15 2 13 51 23 5 13 1 2 48 28 16 2 2 0
1950 CHW AL 43 306 61% 83% 28% 31 84% 0 15 4 9 2 24 15 9 0 1 2 0 2 0 2 8 5 1 2 0 0 8 6 2 0 0 0
10 Seasons 14091 60% 84% 28% 1497 90% 22 719 315 350 55 1187 877 251 4 25 99 5 78 16 76 255 96 19 74 15 17 236 116 109 16 10 3
MLB Averages 61% 83% 27% 91%

Advanced Fielding -- 3B*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA RHB% BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt Frc Tag Tot 1B 2B Hm Rly Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 543 53 GB LD LDs LDf bFld bF2O%
1947 CHW AL 40 51 69% 80% 18% 1 100% 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1948 CHW AL 41 1599 59% 84% 27% 129 90% 0 40 21 13 6 93 72 15 1 3 8 0 7 1 5 9 6 2 8 1 1 0 6 100%
2 Seasons 1650 59% 84% 26% 130 90% 0 40 21 13 6 94 73 15 1 3 8 0 7 1 5 9 6 2 8 1 1 0 6 100%
MLB Averages 61% 83% 27% 89% 70%

Advanced Fielding -- 1B*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA RHB% BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt Frc Tag 3U Tot 1B 2B Hm Rly Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 363 361 36 GB GBs LD LDs LDf bFld bF2O%
1950 CHW AL 43 432 65% 79% 23% 22 100% 1 90 3 87 0 11 10 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 2 0 0 14 2 2 0 2 2 100%
1 Season 432 65% 79% 23% 22 100% 1 90 3 87 0 11 10 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 2 0 0 14 2 2 0 2 2 100%
MLB Averages 61% 83% 27% 93% 86%

Advanced Fielding -- 2B*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA RHB% BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt Frc Tag Tot 1B 2B Hm Rly Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 643 543 463 43 GB GBs GBr LD LDs LDf
1950 CHW AL 43 6 50% 67% 33% 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 Season 6 50% 67% 33% 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MLB Averages 61% 83% 27% 93%



* - Disclaimer & Completeness Note

* Many Detailed Statistics are based on play-by-play accounts accumulated by RetroSheet. These totals may be incomplete (3.6% of all plays from 1938 to 1973 are missing or have incomplete accounts, click link for year and team summary of data completeness) for some players prior to 1974 and even complete seasons may not match the official totals due to errors in both the official totals and the play-by-play accounts. Pre-1954 seasons have a substantial numbers of games missing play-by-play accounts and should be viewed as essentially incomplete.

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
1953 BBWAA ( 0.8%)
1955 BBWAA ( 1.2%)
1956 BBWAA ( 7.3%)
1958 BBWAA (28.9%)
1960 BBWAA (26.8%)
1962 BBWAA (30.0%)
1964 BBWAA (70.6%)
1964 Run Off (94.0%)
Selected to HOF in 1964
by BBWAA in Runoff Election

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1933 AL (21, 1%)
1935 AL (15, 9%)
1936 AL (2, 81%)
1937 AL (17, 6%)
1939 AL (33, 0%)
1940 AL (10, 16%)
1943 AL (2, 64%)
1946 AL (12, 8%)
1947 AL (10, 13%)
1948 AL (22, 2%)
1949 AL (22, 1%)
2.01 Career Shares (92nd)

Assistss c a p y
1933 AL  534 (2nd)
1935 AL  556 (1st)
1936 AL  471 (4th)
1937 AL  541 (1st)
1939 AL  461 (1st)
1940 AL  436 (5th)
1941 AL  473 (1st)
1943 AL  500 (1st)
1946 AL  505 (1st)
1949 AL  450 (4th)
Career  7,543 (8th)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1931 AL  43 (3rd)
1932 AL  49 (1st)
1933 AL  55 (1st)
1935 AL  39 (1st)
1936 AL  41 (2nd)
1937 AL  49 (1st)
1939 AL  39 (2nd)
1940 AL  37 (4th)
1941 AL  42 (3rd)
1942 AL  38 (2nd)
1943 AL  36 (4th)
1946 AL  39 (1st)
1947 AL  35 (3rd)
1948 AL  35 (1st)
1949 AL  26 (4th)
Career  672 (32nd)

Errors Committed as 3B s c a p y
1948 AL  15 (4th)

Def. Games as SS s c a p y
1933 AL  151 (3rd)
1935 AL  153 (1st)
1936 AL  137 (5th)
1937 AL  154 (2nd)
1939 AL  148 (2nd)
1940 AL  150 (2nd)
1941 AL  154 (1st)
1942 AL  141 (5th)
1943 AL  155 (1st)
1946 AL  149 (3rd)
1949 AL  141 (5th)
Career  2,218 (7th)

Putouts as SS s c a p y
1933 AL  314 (2nd)
1935 AL  335 (1st)
1936 AL  320 (2nd)
1937 AL  280 (5th)
1939 AL  289 (3rd)
1940 AL  307 (1st)
1941 AL  294 (2nd)
1942 AL  269 (5th)
1943 AL  300 (3rd)
1946 AL  252 (4th)
1949 AL  253 (5th)
Career  4,398 (7th)

Assists as SS s c a p y
1933 AL  534 (1st)
1935 AL  556 (1st)
1936 AL  471 (3rd)
1937 AL  541 (1st)
1939 AL  461 (1st)
1940 AL  436 (3rd)
1941 AL  473 (1st)
1942 AL  418 (4th)
1943 AL  500 (1st)
1946 AL  505 (1st)
1949 AL  450 (3rd)
Career  7,218 (6th)

Errors Committed as SS s c a p y
1931 AL  42 (4th)
1932 AL  37 (4th)
1933 AL  55 (1st)
1934 AL  34 (4th)
1935 AL  39 (1st)
1936 AL  41 (2nd)
1937 AL  49 (1st)
1939 AL  39 (1st)
1940 AL  37 (3rd)
1941 AL  42 (3rd)
1942 AL  38 (2nd)
1943 AL  36 (4th)
1946 AL  39 (1st)
1947 AL  35 (3rd)
1948 AL  20 (2nd)
1949 AL  26 (3rd)
Career  643 (12th)

Double Plays Turned as SS s c a p y
1933 AL  107 (2nd)
1935 AL  93 (2nd)
1936 AL  119 (1st)
1937 AL  111 (1st)
1939 AL  78 (3rd)
1940 AL  83 (3rd)
1941 AL  95 (4th)
1942 AL  77 (5th)
1943 AL  115 (2nd)
1946 AL  99 (1st)
1949 AL  95 (5th)
Career  1,424 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as SS s c a p y
1932 AL  5.67 (2nd)
1933 AL  5.62 (1st)
1934 AL  5.31 (2nd)
1935 AL  5.82 (1st)
1936 AL  5.77 (1st)
1937 AL  5.33 (2nd)
1938 AL  5.22 (5th)
1939 AL  5.07 (3rd)
1940 AL  4.95 (3rd)
1941 AL  4.98 (3rd)
1942 AL  4.87 (5th)
1943 AL  5.16 (4th)
1946 AL  5.08 (3rd)
1947 AL  5.07 (5th)
Career  5.24 (39th)

Fielding % as SS s c a p y
1933 AL  .939 (4th)
1935 AL  .958 (3rd)
1936 AL  .951 (5th)
1939 AL  .951 (4th)
1940 AL  .953 (4th)
1942 AL  .948 (4th)
1943 AL  .957 (2nd)
1946 AL  .951 (4th)
1949 AL  .964 (5th)

Oldest s c a p y
1947 AL  born 1907-04-02 (7th)
1948 AL  born 1907-04-02 (4th)
1949 AL  born 1907-04-02 (2nd)
1950 AL  born 1907-04-02 (1st)

             

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Name and misspellings: Old Aches and Pains Lucius Luscious Old Luscious Luke Benjamin and Aches Pains Appling

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