3. Rogers Hornsby
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: April 27, 1896 in Winters, TX USA
  • Weight: 175 lbs.
  • Height: 5'11"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: September 10, 1915
  • Final Game: July 20, 1937
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1916
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1919
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1920
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1921
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1921
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1922
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1922
  • Triple Crown - 1922
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1923
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1924
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1924
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1925
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1925
  • Most Valuable Player - 1925
  • Triple Crown - 1925
  • TSN All-Star - 1925
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1926
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1926
  • TSN All-Star - 1926
  • TSN All-Star - 1927
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1928
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1928
  • TSN All-Star - 1928
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1929
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1929
  • Most Valuable Player - 1929
  • TSN All-Star - 1929
 
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As we mentioned in our selection of Albert Pujols at #2, it was a hard decision as the accomplishments of Rogers Hornsby were incredible and we felt the need the give the edge to Pujols due to the integrated era he played in and the overall higher level of competition.

We understand however if you don’t agree.

By the late teens, Rogers Hornsby emerged as one of the best hitters in baseball and he would go on an absolute tear in the first half of the 1920’s.  The Second Baseman would win the National League Batting Championship six seasons in a row (1920-1925) and in that timeframe would also finish first in On Base Percentage and Slugging Percentage.  While Hornsby is primarily known (and should be) for his hitting skills, the man who is second all-time in Batting Average (.358) had some good power numbers and is a two time Home Run Champion and in both of those seasons (1922 & 1925) he would win the coveted National League Triple Crown.  Hornsby is also eight all-time in OBP (.434) and tenth in Slugging (.577).  Hornsby would take the Cardinals to a World Series win in 1926 where he was not only their star player but also the teams Manager.  He would be traded to the New York Giants in the offseason after he could not come to terms with St. Louis on a new contract.

While Hornsby is and always will be most associated with the St. Louis Cardinals, he would later be an MVP for the Chicago Cubs and had one solid season each with the New York Giants and Boston Braves.  He would finish his career with the St. Louis Browns.

He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1942.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Second Base, Short Stop
  • Acquired: Purchased from Denison (Western Association) 9/??/15.
  • Departed:

    Traded to the New York Giants 12/20/26.

    Acquired (2):

    Signed as a Free Agent 10/25/32.

    Departed (2):

    Released 7/26/33.
  • Games Played: 1580
  • Notable Statistics: 1,089 Runs Scored
    2,110 Hits
    367 Doubles
    143 Triples
    193 Home Runs
    1,072 RBI
    118 Stolen Bases
    .359/.427/.568 Slash Line
    91.4 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Champion (1926)

    MVP (1925)

    Highest bWAR for Position Players (1917, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1924 & 1925)

    Highest Batting Average (1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924 & 1925)

    Highest On Base Percentage (1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924 & 1925)

    Highest Slugging Percentage (1917, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924 & 1925)

    Highest OPS (1917, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924 & 1925)

    Most Runs Scored (1921, 1922 & 1924)

    Most Hits (1920, 1921, 1922 & 1924)

    Most Total Bases (1917, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1924 & 1925)

    Most Doubles (1920, 1921, 1922 & 1924)

    Most Triples (1917 & 1921)

    Most Home Runs (1922 & 1925)

    Most Runs Batted In (1920, 1921, 1922 & 1925)

    Most Walks (1924)

    Highest OPS+ (1917, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924 & 1925)

    Highest Power-Speed# (1922)

    Most Putouts by a Second Baseman (1920 & 1922)

    Most Assists by a Second Baseman (1920)

    Most Double Plays Turned by a Second Baseman (1920 & 1922)

    Most Double Plays Turned by a Shortstop (1917)

    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Second Baseman (1922)
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