Coming from a baseball family, Luis Ernesto Aparicio Montiel spent his 18 year long baseball career playing for the Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox.
Though scouted by the Cleveland Indians, the prospective Aparicio was signed by the White Sox in 1956. With the White Sox, he became the model shortstop and never played a single game at any other position, and was more or less responsible for Chicago’s success over his tenure.
Playing for the Baltimore Orioles in 1966, Aparicio helped the Orioles reach and win the World Series. He played another season with Chicago in 1968 before moving to Boston Red Sox for 3 more seasons, after which he retired from professional baseball.
When he retired, Aparicio was the all-time leader considering most games played, assists and double plays by a shortstop, while also the all-time leader for putouts and total chances by an AL baseball shortstop. He played a record 2583 games as a shortstop, which stood as a MLB record in 1973. Also, the 2677 hits to his credit were the MLB record for players from Venezuela until 2009.
Aparicio led all AL shortstops in fielding percentage for 8 consecutive seasons.
He has earned 9 Gold Gloves throughout his career and was a 10 time All Star selection as well as a World Series Champion and an AL Rookie of the Year in 1956.
He was inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984 and his number 11 jersey is retired by the Chicago White Sox.