January 5, 1963: Rogers Hornsby Dies
Rogers Hornsby, Sr. (April 27, 1896 – January 5, 1963), nicknamed “The Rajah”, was an baseball infielder, manager, and coach who played 23 seasons in the Major Leagues.
He played for the St. Louis Cardinals (1915–1926, 1933), New York Giants (1927), Boston Braves (1928), Chicago Cubs (1929–1932), and St. Louis Browns (1933–1937).
Hornsby had 2,930 hits, 301 home runs, and a .358 batting average during his career. He was named the National League (NL)’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) twice, and was a member of one World Series championship team.
In 1915, he began his major league career with the St. Louis Cardinals and remained with the team for 12 seasons; during this period, Hornsby won his first MVP Award and the Cardinals won the 1926 World Series.