Friday, August 13, 2010

Interesting Facts About Rogers Hornsby

Rogers Hornsby, nicknamed "The Rajah", was a Major League Baseball second baseman and manager.
Born: April 27, 1896 in Winters, Texas.

Hornsby's first name, Rogers, was his mother's maiden name.

Height: 5’11"

Rogers Hornsby spent the majority of his playing career with the St. Louis Cardinals, though he also had short stints with the Chicago Cubs, the Boston Braves, and the New York Giants, and he ended his career as the player-manager of the St. Louis Browns.

Married: Sarah Martin (1918), Jeanette Pennington Hine (1924) and Marjorie Berniece Frederick (1957).

Rogers Hornsby is the only player to win the National League Triple Crown twice.

Rogers Hornsby was so obsessed with hitting that he refused to watch movies or read newspapers (except to check his batting average) for fear of corrupting his eyesight.

His career batting average of .358 is the highest in National League history, and also the highest in major league history for any right-handed hitter.

Seven National League Batting Titles (1920-1925, 1928)

His batting average for the 1924 season was .424, a mark that no player since has matched.

Rogers Hornsby is the only member of the 40–400 club—having 40 or more home runs and batting .400 or more in the same season.

The Baseball Hall of Fame elected Hornsby in 1942.

Died: January 5, 1963 in Chicago, Illinois.

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