Luke Appling

Hall of Fame

Shortstop

1930—1950

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Player LeveL
Elite
All-time rank
#63
Shortstop RANK
#14

Player Detail

Lucius Benjamin
GIVEN NAME
Appling
SURNAME
April 2, 1907, in High Point, NC
BORN
January 3, 1991, in Cumming, GA, USA
DIED
1930—1950
Playing Career
Played from 23-43
PLAYING AGE
Chicago White Sox
Teams Played For
Shortstop
PRIMARY POSITION
Chicago White Sox
PRIMARY TEAM
NONE
World Series titles
Old Aches and Pains, Luscious Luke, Libby
NICKNAME
4
UNIFORM NUMBER
#5 IN LINEUP
BATTING ORDER
5-10 / 183
HEIGHT / WEIGHT
Right / Right
BATTED / THREW
September 10, 1930
Major League Debut
October 1, 1950
FINAL GAME

WHO IS Luke Appling?

Great shortstop who played for mediocre teams in the Great Depression and WWII years.

70

HITTING

40

POWER

50

RUNNING

40

FIELDING

50

THROWING
20 = NOT MLB CALIBER
30 = WELL BELOW AVG
40 = Below Average
50 = MLB AVERAGE
60 = ABOVE AVG
70 = EXCELLENT
80 = RARE, ELITE
According to legend, Luke Appling once became so disgusted with a team policy over the use of worn baseballs that he purposefully fouled off twelve pitches in one game.

Career Stats

GAMES HITS HR RBI AVG
2422
2749
45
1116
.310
7 ALL-STAR SELECTIONS

Teammate Team

CATCHER:
First Base:
Second Base:
Shortstop:
Third Base:
Left Field:
Center Field:
Right Field:
Pitcher:
pitcher:
manager:

BEST SEASON

1943 White Sox

36 Years Old

.328
AVG
3
HR
80
RBI
63
RUNS
.419
OBP
192
HITS
33
2B
2
3B
.407
SLG
90
BB
27
SB
7.4
WAR

SLASH LINE

AVG OBP SLG
.310
.399
.398

FOR THE TRADITIONALISTS.

VERSUS HIS PEERS

OPS LG OPS COMP
.798
.712
112.1

PLAYER OPS COMPARED TO AVERAGE PLAYER AT HIS POSITION IN HIS LEAGUE AND ERA. OPS = ON-BASE + SLUGGING.

Hall of Fame Worthy?

JAWS JAWS BY HOFER
60.5
55.4

PLAYER JAWS COMPARED TO HOF PLAYER AT HIS POSITION. JAWS = AVERAGE OF CAREER WAR & WAR7.

Luke Appling Per Season

PER 600 PLATE APPEARANCES COMPARED TO Contemporaries AT HIS POSITION

AB H R 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB TB TRB AVG OBP SLG OPS
Appling
519
161
77
26
6
3
65
76
31
10
207
238
.310
.399
.398
798
AVG SS
530
142
73
25
5
6
72
58
46
7
195
203
.269
.343
.368
.712

Luke Appling Rankings

AT Shortstop BY THESE SOURCES

BASEBALL EGG HALL OF STATS BASEBALL SCHOLAR JAWS BILL JAMES
14
6
11
7
7
Updated THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2020

AT Shortstop BY VALUE

CAREER LONG PEAK PRIME SHORT PEAK
6
10
22
12
CAREER WAR
WAR7
WAR 5 CONSECUTIVE
WAR3

Luke Appling PLAYER VALUE

WAR COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WAR7 WAR5C WAR3 WAR PER SN
77.1
43.9
27.5
21.3
5.15
67.7
43.1
30.3
21.6
4.89
BLUE = Luke Appling
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME SS

WIN SHARES COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WIN SHARES 7 WIN SHARES 5C WIN SHARES 3 WS PER SN
377.4
206.7
142.7
99.4
25.2
327.4
189.4
134.4
92.3
24.2
BLUE = Luke Appling
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME SS

— Explanation of Advanced Statistics —

Wins Above Replacement is a non-standardized sabermetric statistic developed to sum up a player’s total contributions to his team. A player’s WAR value is claimed to be the number of additional wins his team has achieved above the number of expected team wins if that player were substituted with a replacement-level player:

A player’s best seven seasons according to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Also called LONG PEAK.

A player’s best five consecutive seasons according to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Also called PLAYER PRIME.

A player’s best three seasons according to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Also called SHORT PEAK.

A player’s Wins Above Replacement (WAR) per season (calculated for 162 games).

Advanced statistical method devised by Bill James. A Win Share represents one-third of a team win, by definition, and takes into account defense, offense, baserunning, park effects, and level of competition, era, and many other factors.

A player’s best seven seasons according to his Win Shares. A measure of LONG PEAK.

A player’s best five consecutive seasons according to his Win Shares. A measure of a player’s PRIME.

A player’s best three seasons according to his Win Shares. A measure of a player’s SHORT PEAK.

A player’s Win Shares per season (calculated for 162 games).

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