Rogers Hornsby Net Worth

How much is Rogers Hornsby worth?

Net Worth:$3 Million
Profession:Professional Baseball Manager
Date of Birth:April 27, 1896
Country:United States of America
Height:
1.8 m

About Rogers Hornsby

American baseball infielder, manager, and coach Rogers Hornsby had a net worth of $3 million dollars at the time of his death, in 1963. Hornsby played 23 seasons in Major League Baseball. He played for the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Giants, Boston Braves, Chicago Cubs, and St. Louis Browns.
  • Born: April 27, 1896
  • Hometown: Winters, Texas
  • Born: Jan. 5, 1963
  • Height: 5-11
  • Weight: 175
  • Bats: Right
  • Throws: Right
  • Family: Married three times; had a son and a daughter, one from each of his first two marriages
  • Primary position: Second baseman

Before The Bigs:

  • In 1914, Hornsby’s older brother Everett, who was a minor-league player, arranged for Rogers to get a tryout with the Texas League’s Dallas Steers. He made the team but was released after two weeks. Then signed with the Hugo Scouts of the Class D Texas-Oklahoma League for $75 per month, but the team went out of business a third of the way through the season and he hit just .232.
  • He the played with Denison of the Western Association in 1915, hitting .277, and he drew the interest of the St. Louis Cardinals. They purchased his contract to help fill out the roster of their financially struggling team. Coaches rebuilt his swing and the Cardinals called him up to the majors on Sept. 10, 1915 at age 18.

Career Highlights:

  • Considered one of the finest right-handed hitters of all-time and perhaps the best second baseman in big-league history, he led the National League in hitting seven times and hit better than .400 three times.
  • Won two National League Triple Crowns, in 1922 and 1925.
  • Was a .358 career hitter, but finished 70 hits short of 3,000. He seemed destined to reach that plateau, but Hornsby only managed 75 total hits in his final six seasons, when he was a player-manager.
  • From 1920 to 1929, Hornsby compiled more than 200 hits seven times, including his career best of 250 hits in 1922, when led the league in runs (141), doubles (46), home runs (42), RBI (152), batting average (.401), on-base percentage (.498) and slugging percentage (.722). He also had a 33-game hitting streak that season. His 42 home runs are the most ever for a .400 hitter.
  • Hornsby hit .246 in 18 games in 1915 at age 19. He then hit better than .300 in 15 of the next 16 seasons.
  • After coming into the league as a shortstop, Hornsby was moved to second base in 1920 where he stayed the rest of his career.
  • Hit a career-high .424 in 1924, the sixth-highest batting average in a season in MLB history. Also walked 89 times that season, giving him a .507 on-base percentage and a 1.203 OPS.
  • Surpassed that in 1925, when he had a 1.245 OPS, hitting .403 with 39 home runs and 143 RBI, winning his first MVP award. Became player-manager that season as well at age 29.
  • Had an off-year at the plate in 1926, hitting only .317 with 11 home runs. But he led the Cardinals to the World Series as player-manager, and they beat the New York Yankees in a seven-game series.
  • Hornsby and team owner Breadon couldn’t agree on a new contract for the 1927 season, resulting in the Cardinals trading him to the New York Giants, where he hit .361 with 26 home runs and 125 RBI. But when gambling issues became known, the Giants traded him to the Boston Braves before the 1928 season.
  • Played in 140 games with the Braves in 1928 and won his seventh and final NL batting title with a .387 average. He also had league bests in on-base percentage (.498), slugging percentage (.632) and walks (107). But the Braves lost 103 games and were struggling financially. The Chicago Cubs offered $200,000 and five players for Hornsby, and the Braves accepted.
  • Won his second MVP award with the Cubs in 1929, hitting .380 with 39 home runs and 149 RBI, and the Cubs won the NL pennant. They lost the World Series to the Philadelphia Athletics.
  • Became a part-time player after the 1931 season and was released by the Cubs as player and manager in 1932.
  • Played for the Cardinals in 1933, but was waived, and he was manager of the St. Louis Browns from 1933-37, playing sparingly.

After Retirement:

  • Bounced around with a number of minor league teams in his 40s in various leagues after his final big-league game in 1937 at age 41.
  • Was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1942.
  • Worked as a radio commentator and in 1949 became a TV announcer for Chicago Cubs games. He returned to managing in the minor leagues a year later and in 1951, managed the Seattle Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League to the pennant.
  • Re-hired as manager of the Browns in 1952, but was not well-liked by players and was fired less than three months later.
  • Died of a heart attack during cataract surgery in 1963 in Chicago.
  • Was ranked ninth on The Sporting News’ list of Baseball’s Greatest Players in 1999 and was named to the Major League Baseball All-Century team.

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