The White Sox are in Baltimore not playing a baseball game. This post was supposed to be a happy one where we make up for missing out on Luis Aparicio's 80th Birthday last year.
I get to Baltimore a couple of times a year, typically just ballgames but also concerts, touristy weekends and guys outings - My bachelor party was there.
I have friends that live and work in the city and I think about their physical and mental safety. Hopefully some degree of normalcy will soon return.
In between two stints with the ChiSox Luis Aparicio spent five productive seasons with the Baltimore Orioles including the O's first World Championship Season, 1966.
During his Oriole years Aparicio made two All-Star teams and led the league in Stolen Bases twice. His 57 steals in 1964 remains the Orioles single season record. On the defensive side of the ball he led AL Shortstops in Fielding Percentage four times and won a pair of gold gloves.
For it's 2015 Heritage set Topps elected to place Orioles Rookie Second Baseman Jonathan Schoop on card #90 which Aparicio occupies on the original. Not sure why Topps elected to go with Schoop over the obvious position match of JJ Hardy. The only think I can come up with is there is the middle infielder connection and Both Aparicio and Schoop have similar batting stances on their respective cards.
Sources and Links
Phungo Luis Aparicio HoF Index
2015 Heritage/1966 Topps