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#57 - Al Simmons

This baseball player was born with the name “Alois Szymanski,” but after his baseball career took off, he got sick of announcers screwing up his name, so he changed his last name to “Simmons.”

Simmons played for two decades in Major League Baseball (MLB) as an outfielder and had his best years with Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics during the late 1920s and early 1930s. In between, Simmons played with the Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, Washington Senators, Boston Braves, Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox.  During this time, he racked up a lifetime batting average of .329, had almost 3,000 hits, drove in over 1,500 runs, launched 308 home runs, won 2 batting titles and was a 3x All Star!  Add to that a couple of World Series wins, and you have the makings of a Hall of Fame Inductee which occurred for Simmons in 1953.

After his playing career ended, Simmons served as a coach for the Athletics and the Cleveland Indians.

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