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Nellie Fox

Hall of Fame Major League Baseball Player, Coach. For nineteen seasons (1947 to 1965), he played at the second-base position with the Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros. Born Jacob Nelson Fox in St. Thomas, Pennsylvania, he was signed as an amateur free agent by the Athletics in 1944. Following service with the US Military, he marked his Major League debut on June 8th, 1947 and appeared in 7 games that year. Without the realization of Fox's potential, the A's dealt him to the White Sox for catcher Joe Tipton and during his years with Chicago, he led the league four-times in hits (1952 with 192, 1954 with 201, 1957 with 196 and 1958 with 187) and with 10 triples in 1960. He earned All-Star status twelve-times (1951 to 1961 and 1963) and led the league seven years consecutively in singles, eight-times overall (1952, 1954 to 1960). Fox was also honored for his defensive achievements with three Golden Glove Awards (1957, 1959 and 1960). He was the on-field leader of the White Sox team known as the "Go-Go Sox" and earned MVP honors that season as Chicago was en route to capturing the American League Pennant in 1959. During that World Series, he recorded 9 hits with a .375 batting average. Fox concluded his career with the Houston Astros (1964 to 1965) and amassed 2,663 hits with a lifetime .288 batting average in 2,367 regular season games. Following his playing career he served as a coach with Houston (1965 to 1967, where he was instrumental in mentoring a young Joe Morgan with his fielding which helped him become a Hall of Fame second-baseman), Washington Senators (1968 to 1971) and Texas Rangers (1972). Fox died of complications from skin cancer in Baltimore on December 1st, 1975. He was enshrined into the Baseball Hall of Fame posthumously in 1997.

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  • Added: 20 Oct 1998
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3697
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Nellie Fox (25 Dec 1927–1 Dec 1975), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3697, citing Saint Thomas Cemetery, Saint Thomas, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .