Aloysius Harry Simmons (May 22, 1902 - May 26, 1956) was a favorite of Hall of Fame manager Connie Mack, so much so his was the only photograph Mack kept on his desk in his Athletics’ office during his 50-year tenure in the City of Brotherly Love. When asked who was the most valuable player he ever managed, Mack quipped, "If I could only have nine players named Simmons." Simmons was a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, native who grew up as a fan of the Athletics, but in 1922, he signed with his hometown Milwaukee Brewers of the American Association. After batting .398 in 24 games in 1923, the Philadelphia A’s purchased Simmons and brought the hitting machine to Philadelphia where he would enjoy many successful years. With his quirky, but extremely effective, “bucketfoot” step toward third while in motion at the plate, Simmons gained the nickname "Bucketfoot Al". In 1925, Simmons’ second year in the big leagues, he led the American League in hits (253) and total bases (392) while finishing second slugging percentage (.599) and runs scored (122) and third in batting average (.387) and RBI (129) to finish second in AL MVP voting. Al led the American League twice in hits, also doing so in 1932 (216), and won back-to-back AL batting titles in 1930 and 1931 with a .381 and .390 batting average, respectively. The three-time All-Star selection, alongside future Hall of Famers Lefty Grove, Mickey Cochrane and Jimmie Foxx, helped lead the Athletics to three consecutive World Series (1929-1931) winning in 1929 over the Chicago Cubs and in 1930 over the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1932, under a money crunch, Connie Mack sold many of his players and Al Simmons was shipped to the Chicago White Sox for cash. Simmons played outfield, primarily for the Philadelphia Athletics (1924-1932, 1940-1941, 1944) and had 11 straight seasons batting over the .300-mark while collecting more than 100 RBI 12 times during that span (1924-1934, 1936). He also spent time with the White Sox (1933-1935), the Detroit Tigers (1936), the Washington Senators (1937-1938), the Boston Braves (1939), the Cincinnati Reds (1939) and the Boston Red Sox (1943). Simmons retired with a .344 career batting average with 2,927 hits, 1,507 runs scored, 307 home runs and 1,827 RBI in 20 seasons. At the time of his retirement, Al had more hits (2,927) than any other right-handed batter (until Al Kaline surpassed him in the 1973) and he remains the fastest player to reach 2,000 hits, accomplishing the feat in 1,390 games. Simmons also gained the respect of his peers playing left field, almost goading hitters to try to extra bases before gunning them down. He would post a .982 fielding percentage with 169 outfield assists for his career, but his intensity and skills held hitters in check, likely limiting the number of extra base hits holding runners to singles when they might otherwise take two. Aloysius Harry Simmons was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1953.