Jan 21, 1942: Hornsby elected to Hall
Submitted by BTGrimes on Mon, 01/21/2013 - 10:00am
COOPERSTOWN, NEW YORK - Rogers Hornsby was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on this date in 1942, the fourteenth player to be enshrined. He was one of the greatest hitters of all-time, probably the greatest right-handed hitter, finishing with a lifetime average of .358. Only Ty Cobb had a higher lifetime average at .366.
Hornsby's most productive years were spent with the St. Louis Cardinals from 1915 to 1926. He helped the Cardinals win the 1926 World Series. Hornsby hit .424 in 1924, nobody in the National League had a higher average in the 20th or 21st Centuries. He had a monster season for the Chicago Cubs in 1929, hitting .380 with 149 runs batted in and 156 runs scored. Hornsby also played for the New York Giants, St. Louis Browns and Boston Braves.
"Rajah" as he was called, played all infield positions but was mostly a second baseman. He was a two-time National League Most Valuable Player. Hornsby and Ted Williams are the only players to win the Triple Crown (most home runs, runs batted in and highest average in one season) twice.
Rogers Hornsby was born April 27, 1896 in Winters, Texas. He died in Chicago January 5, 1963.
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