I rank Rogers Hornsby a Top 10 Position Player.
I do NOT rank Rogers Hornsby a Top 10 Player.
I rank Rogers Hornsby a Top 5 All-Time Hitter .
I do NOT rank Rogers Hornsby a Top 5 All-Time Hitter
I rank Rogers Hornsby as my #1 Second Baseman.
I do NOT rank Rogers Hornsby as my #1 Second Baseman.
I STILL consider Hornsby the finest RH hitter ever.
I only rank Joe Morgan over Hornsby at 2B.
I only rank Eddie Collins over Hornsby at 2B.
I rank both Collins/Morgan over Hornsby at 2B.
Hornsby was a greater hitter than Gehrig.
Gehrig was a greater hitter than Hornsby.
His mother's name was Mary Dallas Rogers Hornsby.
From the BaseballPage.co.:
"Born in Winters, Texas on April 27, 1896, Rogers Hornsby got his somewhat unusual first name from his mother Mary, whose maiden name was Rogers."
Below: from ESPN.com.
"Hornsby was born April 27, 1896, in Winters, Texas, and was named for his mother, Mary Rogers Hornsby."
Also this from another site:
"Ed Hornsby married Mary Dallas Rogers, from nearby Rogers Hill, in 1882."
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Today I was reading an article in the San Francisco Chronicle about Manny Ramirez, Jr. who plays baseball for the University of San Francisco. Towards the end of the article it mentions that the great, great nephew of Rogers Hornsby, Connor Hornsby, plays baseball for St. Mary's College. And he plays second base!
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Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis
OK, helborn, you brought up a couple of intersting points about Hornsby's hitting style. From what I've seen, Hornsby was a natural pull hitter, who corrected this tendency by the way he positioned himself in the batter's box. If you think this is a wild guess, youtube has a Hornsby hitting lesson, and it is pretty obvious what he's doing. Rogers started in the dead ball era. To pull down the left field line was not a good idea with a dead ball. A line drive would get caught by the third baseman. A fly ball would get caught (usually) by the left fielder. To my way of thinking, rather than adjust his swing, he adjusted his position in the batter's box until those liners went just over the pitcher, through the gap between second and short, and into center field. According to guys who played against him, he hit curve balls to left center, fast balls to center and sliders (used to be called "the fadeaway") to right center. He said he never tried to hit home runs, they just happened, sometimes.
How'd you find out he was his nephew? I'm trying to think of more old-time players who have relatives playing now. Shoeless Joe, Hornsby, Carl Mays, Dick Schoefield, the original Bobby Estalella... can anyone think of anyone else? I wouldn't be surprised if Babe Ruth had a b-----d son or two or grandkids or great grandkids make the majors.
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