Rogers Hornsby (Baseball's All-Time Greatest Hitters)

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

VOYA
These three scholarly biographies in a twelve-book series that includes current superstar Barry Bonds will interest only the most avid baseball enthusiasts and historians. The writing styles are similar because of the standardized format. Great emphasis is placed on quotes from books, newspapers, and magazines. All three authors provide a useful chronology that would be extremely valuable for reports. They present well-rounded views of their subjects. D'Amore does not shy away from Roger Hornsby's racism or his gambling addiction, yet he also does well in showing Hornsby's tremendous passion for baseball. Likewise Jordan and Jones do not pull punches in regard to Pete Rose and Joe DiMaggio, examining without bias Rose's tainted legacy and DiMaggio's troubled personal life. These books are the perfect length for those "read a biography of these many pages" projects that teachers perennially assign. They would also serve any researcher well as a starting point for a project; however, they are not for the general reader. The print is too small for most teen readers, and the scholarly nature makes them informative but not fun to read. Libraries should consider purchasing titles in this series to beef up their biography collections in anticipation of those annual assignments. With the exception of the book on Bonds, do not expect these books to fly off the shelves when not being used for assignments. (Baseball's All-Time Greatest Hitters). VOYA CODES: 3Q 2P S A/YA (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults). 2004, Greenwood, 192p.; Index. Photos. Biblio. SourceNotes. Chronology. Appendix., PLB . Ages 15 to Adult.
—David Goodale
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313328701
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Series: Baseball's All-Time Greatest Hitters
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Series Foreword ix
Acknowledgments xiii
Chronology xv
Introduction xix
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 York's New Babe Ruth" 75
Chapter 7 Peaks and Valleys 93
Chapter 8 The Great Depression 109
Chapter 9 To Baseball's Hinterlands and Back 125
Chapter 10 Hornsby's Bend 135
Chapter 11 Making of a Legend 141
Appendix Rogers Hornsby's Career and World Series Statistics 149
Selected Bibliography 151
Index 157
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