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Nellie Fox

Nellie Fox bats can often be found with tremendous game use. Why? Fox never struck out more than 18 times in a season. He was the ultimate contact hitter and did not crack a lot of bats due to his hitting style; therefore, some of the Fox bats that have survived look like they have been through a war. On the handle of his bats, Fox would occasionally place a lone ringlet of tape a few inches up from the base of the handle. It is considerably one of the more unique taping methods. Fox did wear several different uniform numbers during his career, including "28", "41", "18" and "26", but he wore "2" for most of his prime years with the Chicago White Sox.

Jacob Nelson Fox (December 25, 1927 - December 1, 1975) had agility defensively in the field, excellent baserunning ability and a keen eye at the plate, leading the American League four times in hits and in fewest strikeouts ten times. In his 19-year career, Nellie collected 2,663 hits while only striking out 216 times, and he never K’ed more than 18 times in a season. Fox was drafted by the Philadelphia A’s (1947-1949) but couldn’t find a starting role until he was moved to the Chicago White Sox (1950-1963) where he flourished alongside, among others, fellow Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio making up one of the best defensive infields in the league. In 1959, Fox was named the AL Most Valuable Player, posting a .306 average, 191 hits and 70 RBI as he helped guide the White Sox to the AL pennant, their first in 40 years. Fox was a 15-times All-Star selection and won three Gold Gloves. Nellie Fox retired with 2,663 hits, 1,279 runs, 690 RBI and a .288 career batting average. The Veterans Committee elected Jacob Nelson Fox to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997.

PSA Price Guide

Approximate Value: $2000

Important Notes:

  • (a PSA/DNA GU 8.5, 1958 Nellie Fox bat sold for $3,114 in 2014)
  • (a PSA/DNA GU 8, 1965-68 Nellie Fox bat sold for $2,706 in 2020)
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