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Rogers Hornsby
Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, 1942
Rogers Hornsby
Born: April 27, 1896 at Winters, Tex.
Died: January 5, 1963 at Chicago, Ill.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 5.11 Weight: 175

Rogers Hornsby was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on January 6, 2013, and January 12, 2015.

Non-playing roles with Mets
  • Coach 1962

Rogers Hornsby managed the following major league teams:
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Andrew Jarosh
December 18, 2001
Second to Ty Cobb, Hornsby was a great player but a crude, coarse, unpopular manager and coach in all his years after he retired from playing. The Mets were his last major league gig; he died the following year. You should read his bio; tons of talent, a thimble-full of people skills.

clubhouse report
May 14, 2002
I knew '62 was rough year for the Mets but who knew that two of their coaches died that winter? Neither Hornsby or Red Kress made it to opening day '63. Yikes.

johnny Met
June 23, 2002
The first edition of the '62 Met yearbook had a great photo of Hornsby holding a bat like a rifle. Alas, midway through the season, a second edition was issued without the photo. He's not in the official '62 Met team photo, either. All the other coaches are.

Richard Kissel
September 14, 2002
As my 10 year old son tells me, if there was never a Babe Ruth, the twenties would have been known as "The Age of Hornsby." He is arguably the greatest righthanded hitter that ever lived. A lot of people wouldn't realize this, but he has the highest slugging percentage in NL history (thanks to my son for this info).

May 29, 2003
Hornsby was an outstanding hitter. He hit .400 multiple times. Some people claim Robbie Alomar is the best offensive second baseman of all time. They should research Mr. Hornsby. Hornsby would not go to the movies because he believed that it would ruin his batting eye. I don't think it would have mattered with the 62 Mets team.

Tim S
June 27, 2003
Casey had few rules that first spring training. One was "Play Good" and another "don't wear your spikes in the clubhouse". It soon became obvious that Hornsby wasn't going to get along with Stengel because he kept wearing his spikes on the carpeted clubhouse floor, tracking mud and dirt inside.

Joe Figliola
June 30, 2003
Great hitter, but seemed to be a real pain in the ass towards his teammates. I read a book called "The Giants of the Polo Grounds," where he was ordering his fellow mates to do things his way. Freddie Lindstrom, a great shortstop from that era, told Hornsby that "(John) McGraw told us to (make a play) this way." Hornsby replied that they should listen to him when McGraw wasn't around.

He also was involved in the final play of the 1926 World Series. The Cardinals player/manager tagged out Babe Ruth when he tried to steal second. I think that's the only time a World Series ended with a caught stealing.

Am curious to learn how the Mets got along with him. Anyone?

Jonathan Stern
March 6, 2005
What a beautiful thing! The man who ended the 1926 World Series by catching Babe Ruth on a stolen base attempt coaching the 1962 Mets. Even then, there was justice in Metsland.

Said Hornsby about the Bambino: "I'll always remember putting the ball on him. He didn't say a word. He didn't even look around or up at me. He just picked himself off the ground and walked away."

original mets
June 3, 2005
I have just finished reading the book Spirit of St. Louis by P. Golenbock. Mr. Golenbock portrays Mr. Hornsby as the greatest right handed hitter in NL history but as far as his personality was concerned he was a loser. He was addicted to gambling, lost numerous managerial jobs because of this (with the Browns) and got along with no one. How could the Mets hire this guy, even though he was a great hitter? They say he never went to the movies because he was afraid he would hurt his eyes. Who would go to the movies with this guy anyway?

July 25, 2005
It seems the only reason "the Rajah" was hired to coach the Mets in 1962 had everything to do with name recognition for this fledgling franchise. This was (and IS) a National League town, and Hornsby (personality not withstanding) was a name that most serious fans would certainly recall with awe. His .424 batting season was just 37 years earlier, thus still within many people's lifetime and memory range back in '62. I cannot vouch for his ability as a hitting instructor, but the club's offensive output that year was actually pretty good. However, the other aspects of the "Original Mets" game skills, personalities, and exploits will always be recognized as functioning somewhat "below" championship level- 60 1/2 games to be exact!

Shickhaus Franks
April 12, 2007
In the 1992 baseball movie "A League Of Their Own", in the scene where Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) is reminding Bitty Schram that "There's No Crying In Baseball"; he also reminds her that "Rogers Hornsby was my manager and he called me a talking pile of pig &#@$". That and I read in Ken Burns "Baseball" book that once during a game, an umpire informed of an opposing pitcher that "Mr. Hornsby will let you know when I call Strike One".

Mark Corrao
December 20, 2008
Hornsby died in 1963 of a heart attack after cataract surgery. He is buried in the Hornsby Bend cemetery east of Austin, Texas.

Orange and Blue Forever
November 2, 2015
There is an episode of the Happy Days television series that mentions Hornsby. In one scene, Howard Cunningham tells Fonzie that he was one of the greatest hitters of all-time, but didn't make it as a manager because he expected all his players to be as good as he was. This is probably true, but it's also known that he had poor communication skills and did not get along with people very well. He had problems with many interpersonal situations. Being able to relate to different kinds of personalities is essential for any coach or manager.

An athlete is one thing, but an instructor is something else. Some can be successful at a certain craft and still lack the ability to teach it to others. Rogers was a person who put his physical talents to good use. He just didn't have what it took to be a good mentor.

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