The greatest right-handed hitter of all time. First joining the St. Louis Cardinals in 1915, Rogers Hornsby played for twenty-three years and dominated the National League throughout the 1920s. He was a seven-time batting champion, hitting better than .300 in 21 seasons (although admittedly the last five saw him play infrequently as the player/manager of the St. Louis Browns). He hit better than .400 three times, including an amazing .424 in 1924. He also had power, twice leading the league in home runs, in 1922 with a career high 42 and again in 1925. Two-time MVP (1925 & 1929) and World Series Champion in 1926, Hornsby has the second highest batting average in baseball history, trailing only Ty Cobb.
The small cemetery in Texas where Hornsby is buried is adjacent to a separate cemetery dedicated to Mexican immigrants. The land for the Cementerio Mexicano was donated by the Hornsby family.
January 5, 2014
Hornsby Bend, TX