21 Facts About Al Simmons


Al Simmons played for the Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, Washington Senators, Boston Braves, Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox.

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Al Simmons was born in Milwaukee and grew up as a fan of the Philadelphia Athletics.

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Al Simmons was known by his birth last name until he was playing for a local minor league team and he was tired of hearing people mispronounce it.

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Al Simmons saw an advertisement for a company named Simmons Hardware and decided to take on the last name of Simmons.

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Al Simmons earned the second-most votes for the league's Most Valuable Player Award.

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Al Simmons finished third in AL MVP voting behind his MVP teammate Lefty Grove and the Yankees' Lou Gehrig.

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Al Simmons drove in 100+ runs in all nine seasons and scored 100 or more runs in five seasons.

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Al Simmons was purchased from the Senators by the Boston Bees in 1939.

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The purchase price was not immediately revealed, though Al Simmons was reported as not getting along with Senators owner Clark Griffith.

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Al Simmons accumulated 1,500 hits in 1,040 games and 2,000 hits in 1,393 games, numbers that remain the fewest games needed to attain both marks in major league history.

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Al Simmons compiled 200 hits or better in a season six times, with five of those being consecutive, and had 199 and 192 hits in 1926 and 1934.

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Al Simmons compiled more hits than any right-handed batter in AL history until surpassed by Al Kaline.

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Al Simmons recorded 8 five-hit games and 52 four-hit games in the majors.

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Al Simmons hit 307 career home runs, finishing in the top six in AL in home runs for seven consecutive seasons.

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Al Simmons was a fine outfielder in his era, recording a career.

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Al Simmons was nicknamed "Bucketfoot Al" because he strode toward third base when hitting.

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In early April 1951, Al Simmons announced he was dealing with an undisclosed illness and would be stepping down as a coach of the Indians.

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Al Simmons had collapsed on a sidewalk near the Milwaukee Athletic Club, where he lived, and was thought to have suffered a heart attack.

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Al Simmons was pronounced dead at a hospital a short time later.

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Al Simmons was elected to the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 1951, the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1953, and the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame in 1975.

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In 1999, Al Simmons ranked number 43 on Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, and was a nominee for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.

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