Rogers Hornsby

Rogers Hornsby

Winters, Runnels County, Texas, USA
Death 5 Jan 1963 (aged 66)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 2365 · View Source
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Major League Baseball Player. One of the greatest hitter in the National League, and arguably the greatest hitter ever over a five-year period during the early 1920s. He was born to Aaron Edward and Mary Rogers Hornsby near the geographic center of Texas. After his father's death in 1898, his mother moved the family to Austin, TX and then to Fort Worth, TX. By the age of 15, he was good enough to play baseball with grown men. After kicking around for several years as a semi-pro and minor league player, he got his chance to play for the St. Louis Cardinals, then an also ran in the National League, on 10 Sep 1915. The following year, he became a starter for that club. His first great season was in 1920 when he hit .370. For the rest of the 1920's he only once hit under .361, and in 1924 hit for .424, the highest batting average of the 20th Century. In 1925 he became manager of the Cardinals early in the season, and the following year led them to a World Series defeat of the New York Yankees. He did not remain with the Cardinals, and in 1927 he played for the New York Giants, then in 1928 for the Boston Braves, then in 1929 for the Chicago Cubs. By the early 1930's, his best days were behind him though he continued to play and manage for several other teams. He played his last major league game in 1937 and managed his last team in 1953. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1942. Death came to him because of major cardiovascular problems at the Wesley Memorial Hospital in Chicago after almost a month's stay. He was laid to rest near his parents at the family cemetery in Austin, Texas, on January 10, 1963.

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