Nellie Fox Stats

Nellie Fox was born on Sunday, December 25, 1927, in St. Thomas, Pennsylvania. Fox was 19 years old when he broke into the big leagues on June 8, 1947, with the Philadelphia Athletics. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Nellie Fox baseball stats page.

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"Nellie Fox, that little son of a gun, was always on base and was a great hit-and-run man. He sprayed hits all over." - Hall of Famer Yogi Berra in the New York Sunday News (July 12, 1970) [ Nellie Fox Quotes ]

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Nellie Fox Autograph on a 1955 Bowman Baseball Card (#33 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1955bow01' title='1955 Bowman Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)

Nellie Fox Autograph on a 1955 Bowman Baseball Card (#33 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Jacob Nelson Fox
Nickname:
Little Nel - Nellie - The Mighty Mite
Born On:
12-25-1927  (Capricorn)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
St. Thomas, Pennsylvania
Year of Death Data Died On:
12-01-1975 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Baltimore, Maryland
Cemetery:
St. Thomas Cemetery, St. Thomas, Pennsylvania
High School:
St. Thomas High School (St. Thomas, PA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-09
Player Weight Chart Weight:
150
First Game:
06-08-1947 (Age 19)
Last Game:
07-24-1965
Draft:
Not Applicable

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Nellie Fox Pitching Stats

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Nellie Fox Hitting Stats

1947 20 Athletics 7 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 .000 .250 .000
1948 21 Athletics 3 13 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 .154 .214 .154
1949 22 Athletics 88 247 42 63 6 2 0 0 21 32 3 9 11 - 6 10 .255 .354 .296
1950 23 White Sox 130 457 45 113 12 7 0 0 30 35 1 17 10 - 2 6 .247 .304 .304
1951 24 White Sox 147 604 93 189 32 12 4 0 55 43 1 11 20 - 14 7 .313 .372 .425
1952 25 White Sox 152 648 76 192 25 10 0 0 39 34 0 14 15 - 3 11 .296 .334 .366
1953 26 White Sox 154 624 92 178 31 8 3 0 72 49 0 18 12 - 7 15 .285 .344 .375
1954 27 White Sox 155 631 111 201 24 8 2 0 47 51 1 12 15 4 5 13 .319 .372 .391
1955 28 White Sox 154 636 100 198 28 7 6 0 59 38 1 15 14 4 17 8 .311 .364 .406
1956 29 White Sox 154 649 109 192 20 10 4 0 52 44 1 14 13 5 10 19 .296 .347 .376
1957 30 White Sox 155 619 110 196 27 8 6 0 61 75 2 13 5 3 16 7 .317 .403 .415
1958 31 White Sox 155 623 82 187 21 6 0 0 49 47 5 11 12 5 11 13 .300 .357 .353
1959 32 White Sox 156 624 84 191 34 6 2 0 70 71 8 13 9 5 7 6 .306 .380 .389
1960 33 White Sox 150 605 85 175 24 10 2 0 59 50 2 13 14 5 10 11 .289 .351 .372
1961 34 White Sox 159 606 67 152 11 5 2 0 51 59 3 12 15 7 9 17 .251 .323 .295
1962 35 White Sox 157 621 79 166 27 7 2 0 54 38 0 12 13 5 7 13 .267 .314 .343
1963 36 White Sox 137 539 54 140 19 0 2 0 42 24 1 17 10 2 7 10 .260 .299 .306
1964 37 Colt .45s 133 442 45 117 12 6 0 0 28 27 1 13 20 3 10 8 .265 .320 .319
1965 38 Astros 21 41 3 11 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 .268 .286 .317
19 Years 2,367 9,232 1,279 2,663 355 112 35 0 790 719 30 216 208 48 142 175 .288 .348 .363

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Nellie Fox Fielding Stats

1947 Athletics 2B 1 0 6 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.50
1948 Athletics 2B 3 3 78 20 6.7 19 13 6 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .950 6.58
1949 Athletics 2B 77 73 1,851 394 5.1 387 191 196 7 68 n/a n/a n/a .982 5.65
1950 White Sox 2B 121 120 3,120 702 5.8 684 340 344 18 100 n/a n/a n/a .974 5.92
1951 White Sox 2B 147 147 4,026 879 6.0 862 413 449 17 112 n/a n/a n/a .981 5.78
1952 White Sox 2B 151 150 444 852 5.6 839 406 433 13 111 n/a n/a n/a .985 51.02
1953 White Sox 2B 154 151 453 892 5.8 877 451 426 15 101 n/a n/a n/a .983 52.27
1954 White Sox 2B 155 155 459 801 5.2 792 400 392 9 103 n/a n/a n/a .989 46.59
1955 White Sox 2B 154 154 456 906 5.9 882 399 483 24 110 n/a n/a n/a .974 52.22
1956 White Sox 2B 154 154 453 886 5.8 874 478 396 12 124 n/a n/a n/a .986 52.09
1957 White Sox 2B 155 155 453 919 5.9 906 453 453 13 141 n/a n/a n/a .986 54.00
1958 White Sox 2B 155 155 456 856 5.5 843 444 399 13 117 n/a n/a n/a .985 49.91
1959 White Sox 2B 156 156 453 827 5.3 817 364 453 10 93 n/a n/a n/a .988 48.70
1960 White Sox 2B 149 148 39 872 5.9 859 412 447 13 126 n/a n/a n/a .985 594.69
1961 White Sox 2B 159 156 4,143 835 5.3 820 413 407 15 97 n/a n/a n/a .982 5.34
1962 White Sox 2B 154 151 4,011 812 5.3 804 376 428 8 93 n/a n/a n/a .990 5.41
1963 White Sox 2B 134 128 3,441 655 4.9 647 305 342 8 71 n/a n/a n/a .988 5.08
1964 Colt .45s 2B 115 114 2,886 561 4.9 548 231 317 13 51 n/a n/a n/a .977 5.13
1965 Astros 1B 2 1 24 9 4.5 9 8 1 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 10.13
1965 Astros 2B 1 1 18 2 2.0 2 0 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.00
1965 Astros 3B 6 4 135 15 2.5 15 4 11 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.00
2B Totals 2,295 2,271 27,246 12,672 5.5 12,463 6,090 6,373 209 1,619 n/a n/a n/a .984 12.35
3B Totals 6 4 135 15 2.5 15 4 11 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.00
1B Totals 2 1 24 9 4.5 9 8 1 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 10.13
19 Years 2,303 2,276 27,405 12,696 5.5 12,487 6,102 6,385 209 1,621 n/a n/a n/a .984 12.30

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Nellie Fox Miscellaneous Stats

1947 Athletics 0 0 .000 3 3 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 - - -
1948 Athletics 1 0 1.000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 - - -
1949 Athletics 2 2 .500 2 11 n/a 0.0 27.4 11.8 - - -
1950 White Sox 4 3 .571 8 1 n/a 0.0 26.9 15.2 - - -
1951 White Sox 9 12 .429 0 0 n/a 151.0 54.9 11.0 - - -
1952 White Sox 5 5 .500 2 0 n/a 0.0 46.3 16.6 - - -
1953 White Sox 4 5 .444 1 1 n/a 208.0 34.7 8.7 - - -
1954 White Sox 16 9 .640 0 0 n/a 315.5 52.6 13.4 - - -
1955 White Sox 7 9 .438 0 0 n/a 106.0 42.4 10.8 - - -
1956 White Sox 8 4 .667 0 0 n/a 162.3 46.4 12.5 - - -
1957 White Sox 5 6 .455 0 0 n/a 103.2 47.6 10.1 - - -
1958 White Sox 5 6 .455 0 0 n/a 0.0 56.6 12.7 - - -
1959 White Sox 5 6 .455 0 0 n/a 312.0 48.0 8.9 - - -
1960 White Sox 2 4 .333 1 0 n/a 302.5 46.5 10.3 - - -
1961 White Sox 2 3 .400 2 0 n/a 303.0 50.5 11.9 - - -
1962 White Sox 1 2 .333 4 0 n/a 310.5 51.8 11.5 - - -
1963 White Sox 0 2 .000 6 0 n/a 269.5 31.7 12.8 - - -
1964 Colt .45s 0 2 .000 19 0 n/a 0.0 34.0 15.8 - - -
1965 Astros 0 0 .000 12 1 n/a 0.0 20.5 41.0 - - -
19 Years 76 80 .487 60 17 n/a 263.8 42.7 11.7 - - -

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Nellie Fox Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1947 Philadelphia Athletics 28 Undetermined - -
1948 Philadelphia Athletics 41 Undetermined - -
1949 Philadelphia Athletics 41 , 18 Undetermined - -
1950 Chicago White Sox 26 Undetermined - -
1951 Chicago White Sox 26 Undetermined Stats -
1952 Chicago White Sox 26 Undetermined Stats -
1953 Chicago White Sox 2 $20,000.00 Stats -
1954 Chicago White Sox 2 Undetermined Stats -
1955 Chicago White Sox 2 Undetermined Stats -
1956 Chicago White Sox 2 Undetermined Stats -
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1958 Chicago White Sox 2 Undetermined Stats -
1959 Chicago White Sox 2 $45,000.00 Stats Stats
1960 Chicago White Sox 2 $47,000.00 Stats -
1961 Chicago White Sox 2 Undetermined Stats -
1962 Chicago White Sox 2 Undetermined - -
1963 Chicago White Sox 2 Undetermined Stats -
1964 Houston Colt .45s 2 Undetermined - -
1965 Houston Astros 2 Undetermined - -
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In 1957, only one Gold Glove per position was awarded to the top fielder at each position in Major League Baseball (separate awards were given for the National and American Leagues beginning in 1958). The one second baseman selected in 1957, for his superior individual fielding performance, was Nellie Fox - who went on to win two more Gold Glove Awards in the American League, in 1959 and 1960 (the first second baseman from either league to win more than once, the first second baseman to win three). [ Gold Glove Second Basemen ]

Did you know that Nellie Fox played in 798 consecutive games, the sixth most in Major League history at the time of his retirement, and the most ever (through today) by a Chicago White Sox player, at any position? [ Most Consecutive Games Played ]

Nellie Fox once told a writer about his childhood, "I think I liked soccer better than baseball for a while. I was only about 130 pounds, but I liked the contact. I liked to mix it up." Did you know his parents drove the 16-year old to an open tryout hoping the team did NOT sign their son:

Connie Mack , owner / manager of the Philadelphia A's . "My boy is baseball crazy," she wrote. "He won't study in school. … He worries me to death. … All he talks about is you and the Athletics ." Mack wrote back that if her son actually had talent, it was possible to make a living playing ball. "I may one of these days be able to help him," Mack wrote.

Due to wartime travel restrictions, the A's were holding 1944 spring training in Frederick, Maryland, about 50 miles from St. Thomas, and like most major-league teams, the club was holding open tryouts in an effort to fill its war-depleted farm system. With the encouragement they'd received from Mack's letter, Jake (Fox, Nellies father) and Mae decided to take Nelson to the camp to try out for the team. Though they didn't tell Nelson, the Foxes hoped that the A's would tell their son that he would be better off staying in school.

So in a story that seems like something out of a 1940s B movie, Jake and Nelson drove to Frederick, found the A's hotel, introduced themselves to Connie Mack , and got a chance to try out for the team. (Fox later squelched the oft-repeated story that he showed up at the A's camp smoking a big cigar.) According to Philadelphia sportswriter Stan Baumgartner, "(Coach) Earle Mack had difficulty finding a small enough uniform to fit the boy." Though he was almost ridiculously short for a first baseman at no more than 5-feet-6, Fox made a good impression on Mack . According to a story in the Frederick Post, " Connie Mack liked the way the youth conducted himself at the plate and his technique of handling low throws to the initial sack." To Jake and Mae's surprise, the A's decided to offer the 16-year-old Fox a contract to join their minor-league system. "( Mack ) probably thought the boy was good enough for Class D," said Jake, "and that he would get as much education by being around with a baseball team as he would in high school."

Source of Excerpt: Nellie Fox Biography. SABR Baseball Biography Project. Written by Robert W. Bigelow and Don Zminda. Please click here to read full biography.

Nellie Fox Hall of Fame Plaque
Nellie Fox | National Baseball Hall of Fame Plaque | Class of 1997 ( HOF )
Nellie Fox, in 1959, led all American League hitters in at-bats, plate appearances, games played, singles and he was the most difficult batter to strike out in the league. He was second in hits and doubles, and even stronger defensively, finishing first among second basemen in games played, putouts, assists, chances, total chances and fielding percentage. For his efforts, the slick fielding, clutch hitting, second baseman - who played a large part in helping the 1959 Chicago White Sox win their first pennant in forty years - was awarded with the Most Valuable Player Award - the first White Sox player to win the MVP Award .

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