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Rogers Hornsby : a biography
D'Amore, Jonathan.
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [2004]

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xxi, 161 pages : 24 cm.
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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.

Author Notes

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 .

Table of Contents

Series Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Chronologyp. xv
Introductionp. xix
Chapter 1 Stockyards and Sandlotsp. 1
Chapter 2 Growing into the National Leaguep. 9
Chapter 3 Moneyp. 25
Chapter 4 The Rajahp. 37
Chapter 5 A Championshipp. 55
Chapter 6 "New York's New Babe Ruth"p. 75
Chapter 7 Peaks and Valleysp. 93
Chapter 8 The Great Depressionp. 109
Chapter 9 To Baseball's Hinterlands and Backp. 125
Chapter 10 Hornsby's Bendp. 135
Chapter 11 Making of a Legendp. 141
Appendix Rogers Hornsby's Career and World Series Statisticsp. 149
Selected Bibliographyp. 151
Indexp. 157