Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Rajah Was A Brownie, Too

Rogers Hornsby was born on April 27, 1896 in Winters (Runnels County, between Abilene and San Angelo). He died Jan. 5, 1963 in Chicago. Nicknamed "The Rajah", was a Major League Baseball second baseman and manager. Hornsby's first name, Rogers, was his mother's maiden name. He spent the majority of his playing career with the St. Louis Cardinals, though he also had stints with the Chicago Cubs, Boston Braves, and New York Giants, He ended his career as the player-manager of the St. Louis Browns.

Hornsby is the greatest hitter who regularly played a position other than outfield or first base, and he is arguably history's best right-handed hitter. He is the only player to win the National League Triple Crown twice. His career batting average of .358 is the highest in National League history, and highest in major league history for any right-handed hitter. His batting average for the 1924 season was .424, a mark that no player since has matched. The Baseball Hall of Fame elected Hornsby in 1942. He has also been given a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.

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