• Even though Hall
of Fame rules state that a player must be retired for five
years before he can be inducted, Rogers Hornsby
received 105 votes during the inaugural year of 1936-one year
before he retired.
• Rogers is the only right-handed hitter in the 20th century to hit .400 in
• In 1922, Hornsby became the first National Leaguer ever to hit 40 home runs
in a season.
• In only his second season as the player/manager, Rogers led the Cardinals
to defeat the New York Yankees four games to three in the 1926 World Series.
• Rogers’ career .358 batting average is the highest by a right-handed hitter
in the history of Major League Baseball.
• Hornsby is the only player in history to average a .400 batting average over
a 5 year span (1921-25).
• Rogers’ .424 batting average in 1924 is the highest mark in the National League
in the 20th century.
• In 1918 Hornsby hit .281, the first and only time as a regular that his batting
average would dip below .300 in a season.