Rogers Hornsby (1896–1963) was an American baseball infielder,
manager, and coach who played 23 seasons in Major League Baseball
(MLB). Hornsby was named the National League (NL)'s Most Valuable
Player (MVP) twice, and was a member of the 1926 World Series
champions. In 1915, he began his major league career with the St.
Louis Cardinals and remained with the team for 12 seasons, winning his
first MVP and his only World Series. He then played for the New York
Giants and Boston Braves before being traded to the Chicago Cubs. He
played with the Cubs for four years and won his second MVP before the
team released him in 1932. Hornsby re-signed with the Cardinals in
1933, but was released partway through the season and was picked up by
the St. Louis Browns. He remained there until his final season in
1937. From 1925 to 1937, Hornsby was intermittently a player-manager.
He later managed the Browns in 1952 and the Cincinnati Reds from 1952
to 1953. Sportswriters consider Hornsby to be one of the best hitters
of all time. His career batting average of .358 is second to Ty Cobb
in MLB history. He also won two Triple Crowns, and is the only player
to hit 40 home runs and bat .400 in the same year (1922). He was
elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1942.
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