Roger Connor was the greatest slugger of the Dead Ball era. Making his debut with the 1880 Troy Trojans, he hit .300 in two of his first three seasons. When the Trojans folded before the 1883 season he joined the New York Gothams where he continued to hit over .300, including .371 in 1885 to lead the league. He also added power to his arsenal, clubbing 17 home runs in 1887. In 1895 Connor became the career home run leader and would retain the title until he was surpassed twenty-five years later by Babe Ruth. While with the Gothams/Giants, he won two pre-modern World Series, in 1888 and 1889.
Even though he was the career home run leader for nearly a quarter-century, Connor only led the league in home runs once, in 1890. At the time he was playing for the Players League incarnation of the New York Giants, not to be confused with his previous (and future) employer in the National League.
September 20, 2010