ROGERS "RAJAH" HORNSBY - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 06/05/1931 - HFSID 283651
ROGERS HORNSBY He signs a typed 1931 letter as Manager of the Chicago Cubs, explaining why he was a successful player Typed Letter signed: "Rogers Hornsby", 1 page, 8¼x11. Chicago, Illinois, 1931 June 5. On letterhead of the Chicago Cubs to T. Beckway, Chicago.
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He signs a typed 1931 letter as Manager of the Chicago Cubs, explaining why he was a successful player
Typed Letter signed: "Rogers Hornsby", 1 page, 8¼x11. Chicago, Illinois, 1931 June 5. On letterhead of the Chicago Cubs to T. Beckway, Chicago. Evidently responding to a series of questions (not present but easily inferred). In full: "Replying to your letter of recent date, wish to advise you, my ability to hit consistently, is the answer to the first question, the second my ability to play and my love for the game. Very truly yours". Rogers Hornsby's (1896-1963) career batting average of .358 is second only to Ty Cobb, and his .424 in 1924 is a record for the 20th century. "The Magnificent Rajah" won six straight batting titles (1920-1925), two Triple Crowns and two MVPs, but Hornsby alienated almost everyone sooner or later. St. Louis traded him to New York after he had player-managed them to a 1926 world championship. The Giants traded Hornsby to Boston in 1927 after he hit .361. And, he led the league in batting in 1928, but the Braves traded him to the Cubs. Hornsby is one of only 4 players to win a "decade triple crown" (most homers, highest average, and most runs batted in over that span). The other three are Honus Wagner, Ted Williams and Albert Pujols, very select company indeed! Hornsby was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1942. Normal mailing folds. Vertical fold affecting signature at "H". Light ink transfer from signature to margin area above address. Paper residue at top edge on verso - minor show-through. Otherwise, fine condition. Accompanied by PSA/DNA LOA.
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