Luke Appling (1930-1943, 1945-1950)
A baseball legend whose entire 20-year major league career was spent with the Chicago White Sox, Appling etched an unforgettable legacy that forever resonates with the franchise and its fans. From his debut in 1930 to his retirement in 1950, Appling embodied excellence, consistency, and a deep connection to the team.
Appling was renowned for his ability to hit for both average and power, recording a lifetime batting average of .310 and securing two batting titles along the way. His skillful approach at the plate earned him a place among the league’s elite hitters of his time.
Playing shortstop for the vast majority of his games on the South Side, Appling was a seven-time All-Star and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1964.
Appling’s legacy is immortalized by the retirement of his number 4 jersey, a testament to his impact on the franchise. His influence continues to inspire both players and fans, serving as a reminder of the storied history and enduring spirit of the Chicago White Sox.