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Denison, Grayson County, Texas


Rogers Hornsby

Headed for Glory
Rogers Hornsby was a shortstop for the Denison Railroaders when this team picture was taken in 1915.  Denison won the Western Association League championship, playing in a part where Munson Stadium now stands. Hornsby was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals before the end of the summer and went on to become one of the greatest hitters the game of baseball ever produced.  He is now enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Connerstown, New York, on his first ballot in 1942. He was traded to the New York Giants in 1927.  In 1928 he was traded to the Boston Braves.  At the end of the 1928 season, he was traded to the Chicago Cubs.

Rogers was born in the small town of Winters, Texas on April 27, 1896.  His unusual first name was his mother's maiden name.  
After a rough start with the Cardinals, he ended the 1920 season like he would through 1925, by winning the National League batting title.
Hornsby died of a heart attack during surgery in Chicago on January 5, 1963; he is buried in the Hornsby Bend Family Cemetery, Travis County, Texas


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