I've been looking at auctions for any Rogers Hornby cards,
and there's almost nothing there. Almost zero high-end PSA-
graded cards. The only recent one that sold was a PSA 7
card for $500. There are, on the other hand, lots of
auctions for Ruth, Williams, Mantle, and other major stars'
cards, many selling the quadruple digits (some in the
So why isn't Hornsby all that popular? Has he become one
of the great forgottens? He's put up a stat line that
ranks only with Ruth, Williams, and Gehrig hitting-wise,
and only with Ruth, Williams, and Bonds in his total game.
The only guy to hit .400 with 40 homers in the same
season. 2nd in batting average to Cobb with a .358
lifetime batting average, and who averaged over .400 over
the course of 5 seasons. Probably the greatest second
baseman, National League hitter, and right-handed hitter
that ever lived. The guy is truly a baseball giant that
has earned a place among the top handful of players ever.
So why the lack of popularity or recognition? That he
could possibly rank behind any second baseman with the
possible exception of Nap Lajoie is beyond me, yet he
trails Jackie Robinson (by no means a slouch in his own
right, but . . .) by a fairly wide margin in the All
Century Team voting for 2nd ba***.
I see that Sosa has just hit his 57th, by the way.
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