Rogers Hornsby played for the Braves as a second baseman in 1928. Hornsby was born in Winters, Texas on April 27, 1896. He passed away on January 5, 1963.
Hornsby was very, very talented. Talented enough that he won the batting title in his first year and was so controversial that he was traded at the end of the season.
Only nine men in Braves history have led the National League in hitting. Hornsby was the first in the 20th century to do so. He hit .361, second in the league for the Giants.
Where did that get him? Traded to the Braves. The New York manager knew what was going on. He wasn’t going to put up with it, no matter how good Hornsby was.n He was traded for Shanty Hogan, a very promising catcher and Jimmy Welsh, a so-so outfielder.
The Braves would learn the same lesson. Fortunately, it only took them one season.