Luis Ernesto Aparicio Montiel (born April 29, 1934) is a former professional baseball player from Venezuela. He played as a shortstop in Major League Baseball (MLB) for 18 seasons from 1956 through 1973. In 1956, Aparicio won the American League (AL) Rookie of the Year Award playing for the Chicago White Sox. Nicknamed 'Little Louie', Aparicio was the dominant shortstop of his era and was inducted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984. A thirteen-time All-Star and a nine-time stolen base champion, he was nominated for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999. Born in Maracaibo, Zulia State, Venezuela, Aparicio came from a baseball family. His father, Luis Aparicio Sr., was a notable shortstop in Venezuela and owned a Winter League team with Aparicio's uncle, Ernesto Aparicio. At the age of 19, Aparicio was selected as a member of the Venezuelan team in the 1953 Amateur World Series held in Caracas.
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