- 2B, 1B, 3B
- December 25, 1927
- 5' 10"
- 160 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 6-08-1947 with PHA
- Allstar Selections:
- 1957 GG, 1959 GG, 1959 MVP, 1960 GG
- Hall of Fame:
Quotes About Nellie Fox
"Of all the players of my time, only Jackie Robinson could beat you in more ways than Nellie Fox could." — sportswriter Joe Falls
Best Season: 1959
Batted .306 with a .380 OBP and played every game for the pennant-winning Sox. He was named MVP largely based on his defense. Fox had better or equal offensive years, but '59 was his magical season.
Earthling Make Me Sooo Angry!
Few owners in baseball history have been as clever or PR-conscious as Bill Veeck. The man who once sent a midget to the plate, involved his star double play combo in a stunt in 1959. On May 26, Veeck enlisted Eddie Gaedel (the midget who had batted for him earlier) and two other "little people" to emerge from a hovering helicopter in short center field at Comiskey Park in Chicago. The midgets were dressed in silver "Martian" uniforms and carried toy "ray-guns." They quickly apprehended White Sox shortstop Luis Aparicio (height 5'7") and second baseman Nellie Fox (5'7"), offering to "save them from the giants of the earth."
Game-Winner Under the Dome
The first game ever played in the Astrodome (officially known at the time as Harris County Domed Stadium), was an exhibition game between the Astros and the New York Yankees. Mickey Mantle blasted the first home run in the stadium, which was the first indoor venue in baseball history and first to use Astroturf. The Astros won the game in 12 innings when Nellie Fox stroked a single to score the winning run. The final score was 2-1
Near-Miss for Cooperstown
In January 1985, Fox was named on 295 of the 395 Hall of Fame ballots (74.7%), but the BBWAA and the Hall of Fame committee refused to round the number up to the required 75%. It would be 12 years before the veterans committee would elect Fox.
One Run, No Hits, One Error
On April 23, 1964, Houston starter Ken Johnson did something no other pitcher had ever done. He lost a nine-inning no-hit game, partly because of a Nellie Fox fielding error. In the ninth, with Pete Rose on second, Fox threw wildly, allowing Rose to score the lone run in a 1-0 Cincinnati victory. Joe Nuxhall pitched a four-hitter for the win.
Buddy Myer was similar, but a better hitter than Fox. Steve Sax was a decent match offensively, but Nellie was far better with the glove.
1959 World Series
From May 19 through August 28, 1958, Fox went 98 games without striking out, an American League record.
At one time, Fox owned the bowling establishment "The Nellie Fox Bowl" in Chambersburg, PA.
Injuries and Explanation for Missed Playing Time
Fox set a record for consecutive games at second base, playing 798 straight from August 7, 1956, through September 3, 1960. The record still stands. Fox had played 274 straight games prior to resting on August 5, 1956. Thus, he played in 1,072 of a possible 1,073 games from late 1952 through September, 1960. His 798-game streak stopped in 1960 when he was hospitalized with a stomach virus. Over the next two seasons (1961-1962), he sat out seven games.
19 games (1962)
On October 29, 1949, the White Sox sent catcher Joe Tipton to the A's for young Jacob Nelson Fox. A's owner/GM/manager Connie Mack signed off on the deal, sending the future Hall of Fame second baseman to Chicago. Tipton was a 27-year old catcher with very little up-side. It's hard to look back on the trade many years later and see why the A's would want Tipton. Even if you concede that Fox hadn't shown any signs of being the player he eventually became, why would anyone take Tipton in a straight trade for a 21-year old second baseman who had just fielded a nifty .982 in 77 games? The A's were left to watch Fox for the next decade-and-a-half as he manned the keystone bag. He was a 12-time All-Star, and won the MVP Award in 1959.
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