|FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY|
|» June 9, 1933:
Luke Appling hits a home run in the 14th inning to give the White Sox a 10–9 win over the Tigers.
» July 23, 1936: The White Sox edge the Nationals, 7–6, for their 17th win in 21 games. Vern Kennedy wins his 9th straight when he drives home the winner with an 8th-inning double against Bobo Newsom. Luke Appling is 2-for-4 to keep his Al-leading batting average at .382.
» September 24, 1936: The AL batting crown is decided when Luke Appling of the White Sox goes 4-for-4 in the 2nd game of a doubleheader with Cleveland. Runner-up Earl Averill is held hitless. Appling will coast to a 10-point margin at .388.
» March 27, 1938: White Sox SS Luke Appling, sliding into 2nd in an exhibition game against the Cubs, fractures his right leg in two places and will miss almost half the season. He'll return July 8.
» January 8, 1941: The BBWAA in TSN poll names the 1940 All Star team: Hank Greenberg, LF; Joe DiMaggio, CF; Ted Williams, RF; Frank McCormick, 1B; Joe Gordon, 2B; Luke Appling, SS; Stan Hack, 3B; Harry Danning, C. The pitchers are Bob Feller, Bucky Walters, and Paul Derringer.
» November 1, 1943: League statistics show the White Sox Luke Appling leading the AL hitters with .328, the lowest since Cobb hit .324 to lead in 1908. Conversely, of course, the pitchers' marks were topped by Spud Chandler's 1.64 ERA, the best since 1919. Spud also has the best percentage at .833, on a 20-4 won-lost mark. The White Sox aging OF Wally Moses stole 56 bases after stealing only 3 two years before. The veteran Mel Ott hits only .234 for his Giants, but he still has 18 homers -- all in the Polo Grounds.
» July 8, 1947: Clutch pinch hits by Luke Appling and Stan Spence lead the AL to a 2-1 win over the NL in the All-Star Game at Wrigley Field. Schoolboy Rowe pinch-hits for Johnny Sain, becoming the first player to appear for each side. Rowe pitched three innings for the AL in 1936.
» June 21, 1950: Joe DiMaggio gets his 2,000th hit, a 7th-inning single off the Indians Chick Pieretti, as the Yanks win 8–2. DiMaggio joins Luke Appling and Wally Moses as the only active players with 2,000 or more hits. Eddie Lopat is the winning pitcher, running his record against Cleveland to 25–6.
» November 9, 1950: The White Sox release Luke Appling, who has been with the Sox since 1930, so he can become the manager of the Memphis Chicks (SA). He accepted the job with the Chicks on November 1. He'll be named minor league manager of the year, by The Sporting News, in 1952.
» February 17, 1964: Former White Sox SS Luke Appling is voted into the Hall of Fame by a special vote. In 1953, Appling's first year of eligibility for Cooperstown, the Sox great received just two votes.
» July 19, 1982: In the first annual Cracker Jack Oldtimers Classic at Washington's Robert F. Kennedy Stadium, 75-year-old Luke Appling hits a 250-foot homer off Warren Spahn to help the AL to a 7–2 win over the NL in a 5-inning battle of retired baseball stars.