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Today in White Sox History: November 21

Gold Gloves mark the day

Luis Aparicio & Fellow Player Fielding
Luis Aparicio won his ninth and final Gold Glove on this day, 52 years ago.

Luis Aparicio won his ninth and final Gold Glove award at shortstop. In his full career, Aparicio won Gold Gloves in half (nine of 18) the seasons he played; in the decades of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s; and in seven of his 10 White Sox seasons.

Also that year, outfielder Tommie Agee won a Gold Glove with the Mets. Coupled with his 1966 award with the White Sox, Agee became the first player to win Gold Gloves in both leagues.

The White Sox announced to the baseball world that they were ready to move on to the next phase of their rebuild by signing All-Star free agent catcher Yasmani Grandal to a four-year deal worth $73 million — the largest in franchise history.

Grandal was that rare catcher who combined both offensive power and excellent defensive skills, especially in framing pitches. Part of the reason the White Sox were so aggressive, in signing him before the Winter Meetings, was because of how he’d benefit the young White Sox pitching staff.

In the 2021 season Grandal, despite injuries to both knees, slugged 23 home runs, drove in 62 runs and walked 82 times in 93 games. He also tied the team record with eight RBIs in a single game, when he did it against the Cubs on August 27.