Rogers Hornsby

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While Rogers Hornsby's life could certainly be described as turbulent, his autograph was strikingly beautiful. From the earliest examples that exist up until his death in 1963, his autograph remained graceful. His playing-era signature is characterized by a long paraph that would flow under his autograph when he was finished signing an item, a a trademark he kept throughout his life.

A fairly accommodating signer during his lifetime, Hornsby's signature can be found adorning baseballs, photos, 3x5s, GPCs and autograph pages. He was around baseball almost his entire life, so he had plenty of time to sign for fans and collectors in person and through the mail. Only during one period of his life (in the 1950s) did Hornsby supply fans with ghost signatures. Typically, fans received a reply from Hornsby, only to have it penned by a girlfriend.

His autograph is highly sought after on single-signed baseballs as those are considered quite rare. A member of baseball's All Century Team, Hornsby is one of the leading second baseman of all time.

Subject Profile

Rogers Hornsby (1896-1963) remains one of the greatest hitters the National League has ever seen. Rajah was a remarkable infielder who posted a career .965 fielding percentage but possessed a keen eye for hitting. Hornsby won seven batting titles, hit over .400 three times, was a two-time National League Most Valuable Player (1925, 1929) and won the Triple Crown twice (1922, 1925). Rogers Hornsby finished his career with 2,930 hits while batting .358 and driving in 1,584 runs in 23 season with the St. Louis Cardinals (1915-1926, 1933), New York Giants (1927), Boston Braves (1928), Chicago Cubs (1930-1932) and the St. Louis Browns (1933-1937). Rajah was once said to be “the only guy I know who could hit .350 in the dark” by Frankie Frisch. Rogers Hornsby was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1942.