Rogers Hornsby Sr. was an American baseball infielder, manager, and coach who played 23 seasons in Major League Baseball. He was named the National League’s Most Valuable Player twice, and was a member of one World Series championship team. His career batting average of. 358 is second only to Ty Cobb, at. 367, in MLB history. He is the only player to hit 40 home runs and bat. 400 in the same year.
About Rogers Hornsby in brief
Rogers Hornsby Sr. was an American baseball infielder, manager, and coach who played 23 seasons in Major League Baseball. He was named the National League’s Most Valuable Player twice, and was a member of one World Series championship team. He had 2,930 hits and 301 home runs in his career; his career batting average of. 358 is second only to Ty Cobb, at. 367, in MLB history. He also won two Triple Crowns and batted. 400 or more three times during his career. Known as someone who was difficult to get along with, he was not well-liked by his fellow players. He never smoked, drank, or went to the movies, but frequently gambled on horse races during his professional career. He is the only player to hit 40 home runs and bat. 400 in the same year. He has been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1942 and the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of fame in 2014. He married three times, in 1918, 1924, and 1957, and had two children. He died in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1998, at the age of 87. His son, Rogers Jr., also played baseball for several semi-professional and minor league teams in the 1920s and 1930s. He won two World Series titles with the New York Giants and one with the Chicago Cubs. He managed the Browns in 1952 and the Cincinnati Reds from 1952 to 1953. He played for the Denison Railroaders and the Hugo Scouts of the Class D Texas–Oklahoma League in the 1910s and 1920s.
His father, Ed, was a meat packing worker in the Fort Worth meat industry. His brother Everett, a minor league baseball player for many years, arranged for Rogers to get a tryout with the Texas League’s Dallas Steers in 1914. He made the team, but did not play in any games for the Steers; he was released after only two weeks. In 1914, he signed with the Hugo Scout for USD 75 per month as their shortstop. With both teams, he batted. 232 in 113 games in 1914 and 1915. In 1915, he came to the attention of the St Louis Cardinals, who gave him an exhibition series between the Cardinals and St. Louis Railroaders that year. In the 1915 season, he helped the Cardinals win the Western Association pennant. After retiring as a player, he managed the Cleveland Browns from 1925 to 1937. He once said, “I can’t remember anything that happened before I had a baseball in my hand.’’ He was the last of Ed and Mary Horns by’s six children. He was born in Winters, Texas and raised in Fort WORTH, Texas. His wife, Mary, died of unknown causes in 1998. He later had two sons, Rogers, Jr. and Rogers, III. He passed away in 2011 at age 87. He lived in Fort Wort, Texas; he died in 2013.