The Mount Rushmore of White Sox
Nellie Fox was the youngest of my choices as he made his major league debut at age 19 for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1947. He was then traded to the Windy City in 1950 where he did little in his first year with the Sox hitting only .247.
However the following year Fox was on fire as he hit .313 and earned his very first, but certainly not last, All-Star election.
In fact, from 1951 thru 1961 Fox was elected every year to represent the Sox in the All-Star game. During this 11 year stretch Fox batted .299 while walking an astounding 561 times and driving in 614 runs.
This was all while playing in 798 consecutive games giving himself the 11th longest streak of its kind in major league history.
One of the many reasons Fox makes my list is because of his skills to get on base. Fox was considered one of the toughest outs in the Majors at the time due to the type of person he was and his ability to work the count.
The fact that Fox is second all-time behind Minnie Minoso with 125 HBP shows just the kind of player he could be at the plate.
Mighty Might, as he was referred to, had only 216 strike outs in 10351 plate appearances over a 19 year career.
It is because of his grind it out mentality that Fox has landed the Theodore Roosevelt spot on my Mount Rushmore of Sox.
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