Nap Lajoie

The pride of Woonsocket RI, he was considered the best 2nd baseman of all time when he retired in August of 1916. Known as Larry, he batted .426 in 1901 and batted over .354 eleven times. His lifetime batting average is .338 and his hit total of 3243 was 2nd only to Honus Wagner when he retired. He scored 1501 runs and drove in 1599 RBI all from the 2nd base position. He was also one of the best fielders, leading the league in double plays six times and usually ranking among the leaders in putouts and assists. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1937 as the leading vote getter, surpassing Tris Speaker and he officially entered on June 12 1939, when the Cooperstown museum opened. He led his league in batting five times and won the Triple Crown in 1901, only the 2nd time it had occurred-the first was Hugh Duffy who did it first for Boston in 1894.

-Alan Bard

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March 12, 2015

Dayton Beach, FL

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