Hall of Fame: Al Simmons (1953)

It may have been. I think he’s the fifth or sixth A from that team that has been in this series.

 Year Ag Tm  Lg  G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG *OPS+  TB   SH
+--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+----+---+
1924 22 PHA AL 152 594 69 183 31 9 8 102 16 15 30 60 .308 .343 .431 98 256 18
1925 23 PHA AL 153 654 122 253 43 12 24 129 7 14 35 41 .387 .419 .599 149 392 6
1926 24 PHA AL 147 583 90 199 53 10 19 109 11 3 48 49 .341 .392 .564 142 329 10
1927 25 PHA AL 106 406 86 159 36 11 15 108 10 2 31 30 .392 .436 .645 171 262 20
1928 26 PHA AL 119 464 78 163 33 9 15 107 1 4 31 30 .351 .396 .558 145 259 11
1929 27 PHA AL 143 581 114 212 41 9 34 157 4 2 31 38 .365 .398 .642 159 373 16
1930 28 PHA AL 138 554 152 211 41 16 36 165 9 2 39 34 .381 .423 .708 176 392 17
1931 29 PHA AL 128 513 105 200 37 13 22 128 3 3 47 45 .390 .444 .641 176 329 0
1932 30 PHA AL 154 670 144 216 28 9 35 151 4 2 47 76 .322 .368 .548 130 367 0
1933 31 CHW AL 146 605 85 200 29 10 14 119 5 1 39 49 .331 .373 .481 129 291 2
1934 32 CHW AL 138 558 102 192 36 7 18 104 3 2 53 58 .344 .403 .530 136 296 0
1935 33 CHW AL 128 525 68 140 22 7 16 79 4 6 33 43 .267 .313 .427 88 224 1
1936 34 DET AL 143 568 96 186 38 6 13 112 6 4 49 35 .327 .383 .484 113 275 1
1937 35 WSH AL 103 419 60 117 21 10 8 84 3 2 27 35 .279 .329 .434 94 182 3
1938 36 WSH AL 125 470 79 142 23 6 21 95 2 1 38 40 .302 .357 .511 121 240 2
1939 37 TOT NL 102 351 39 96 17 5 7 44 0 24 43 .274 .324 .410 102 144 4
BSN NL 93 330 39 93 17 5 7 43 0 22 40 .282 .331 .427 108 141 4
CIN NL 9 21 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 3 .143 .217 .143 -2 3 0
1940 38 PHA AL 37 81 7 25 4 0 1 19 0 0 4 8 .309 .341 .395 92 32 0
1941 39 PHA AL 9 24 1 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 .125 .160 .167 -13 4 0
1943 41 BOS AL 40 133 9 27 5 0 1 12 0 1 8 21 .203 .248 .263 48 35 0
1944 42 PHA AL 4 6 1 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 187 3 0
+--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+----+---+
20 Seasons 8759 2927 149 1827 64 737 .334 .380 .535 132 111
2215 1507 539 307 88 615 4685

3 All-Star Games (1933-1935)

Aloisius Szymanski was born on May 22, 1902 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. For whatever reason, he supposedly changed his name to Aloysius Harry Simmons after seeing an ad in a newspaper, but I can’t figure out what that was or why. With his unusual unorthodox swing, his received the nickname Bucketfoot Al because he strode toward third base when he swung (a lot like Jeff Francoeur except with a lot more success).

He was signed by the Philadelphia Athletics and would be a part of some of the best teams ever put together. Simmons came out of the gate swinging in his rookie season as a 22-year old in 1924, but his power (8 HR) hadn’t quite arrived yet. It came the next season with 24 HR, but it would dip over the next few seasons due to injury. From 1929-1932, his best seasons also coincided with the success of the Athletics, who won two World Series and played in another. Like his other teammates, that 1932 season would be the last of his as an Athletic, and he was sold to the Chicago White Sox for $75,000. While successful over the next few seasons with the White Sox, he wasn’t quite the same threat and wouldn’t really be for the rest of his career except for blips in 1936 and 1938 when he stayed moderately healthy.

In fact, Simmons held on, by his own admission, a little too long. You’ll note he was annoyingly close to 3,000 hits, and he wanted to reach that milestone badly. He, however, failed and regretted the hangovers and leaving blowouts early to have a fun nightlife. In order to repay his sins to the baseball gods, Simmons told aa young player to never give up an at bat or live to regret it. That player was Stan Musial. Regardless, his unusual batting style was effective, and Connie Mack yelled at anyone who pointed out the technical flaw.

In 1953, Simmons got as close as possible to not getting in but still getting in when he received 75.4% (199 of 264) of the vote. It’s a good thing he got in when he did as he died three years later at the age of 54.

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