Rogers Hornsby: A Biography

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 161 pages
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Rogers Hornsby has the highest career batting average of any right-handed hitter and the second highest career mark overall. The Rajah won seven batting titles and hit over .400 three times. He was also one of baseball's most successful player-managers, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a historic World Series triumph over the Yankees in 1926. Hornsby had an unrivaled passion for baseball; as a young player, he once even donned a disguise to play in a women's league. But his unyielding drive to succeed often alienated him from lesser players, and his penchant for the racetrack made him powerful enemies in baseball's higher ranks. Jonathan D'Amore presents a fascinating look at this outstanding hitter and complicated man.

It has been said that hitting a baseball is the hardest thing in professional sports. "Baseball's All-Time Greatest Hitters" presents biographies on Greenwood's selection for the 12 best hitters in Major League history, written by some of today's best baseball authors. These books present straightforward stories in accessible language for the high school researcher and the general reader alike. Each volume includes a timeline, bibliography, and index. In addition, each volume includes a Making of a Legend chapter that analyses the evolution of the player's fame and (in some cases) infamy.

 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 Stockyards and Sandlots
1
CHAPTER 2 Growing into the National League
9
CHAPTER 3 Money
25
CHAPTER 4 The Rajah
37
CHAPTER 5 A Championship
55
CHAPTER 6 New Yorks New Babe Ruth
75
CHAPTER 7 Peaks and Valleys
93
CHAPTER 8 The Great Depression
109
CHAPTER 9 TO Baseballs Hinterlands and Back
125
CHAPTER 10 HornsbyS Bend
135
CHAPTER 11 Making of a Legend
141
Rogers Hornsbys Career and World Series Statistics
149
Selected Bibliography
151
Index
157
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Page vii - People ask me what I do in winter when there s no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.

About the author (2004)

JONATHAN D'AMORE is a freelance writer living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He has worked closely with the authors of several literary biographies, and his interviews and articles have appeared in a number of publications, including the Carolina Quarterly.

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