Rogers Hornsby

Rogers HorsnbyRogers Hornsby

Born: April 27, 1896

Died: January 5, 1963

Chicago Cubs (1929-1932)

Chicago Cubs Manager (1930-1932)


As a Cub, Hornsby was MVP his first year with the Cubs in 1929 and helped lead the team to the World Series.  Hornsby batted .380 with 39 home runs, 149 RBI and scored a NL leading 156 runs.  His WAR for the season (11.1) is the best single season WAR figure in Cubs history (after 2017 season).  

He was than player-manager for the team from 1930 to 1932, leading the team to 1932 World Series as well.  Hornsby was primarily a manager in 1932 with the Cubs and did not play in that Series.

Rogers Hornsby is widely regarded as one of the best players in MLB history, however most of his career was spent with the rival, St. Louis Cardinals.


  • 2-time NL MVP (1925, 1929)
  • 2-time NL Triple Crown Winner (1922, 1925)
  • 7-time NL Batting Average Leader (1920-1925, 1928)
  • 9-time NL On Base % Leader (1920-1925, 1927, 1928, 1931)
  • 5-time NL Runs Scored Leader (1921-1922, 1924, 1927, 1929)
  • 4-time NL Doubles Leader (1920-1922, 1924)
  • 2-time NL Triples Leader (1917, 1921)
  • 2-time NL Home Runs Leader (1922, 1925)
  • 4-time NL RBI Leader (1920-1922, 1925)
  •  Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1942

This Day in Chicago Cubs History-Rogers Hornsby

April 17, 1929

Rogers Hornsby hits a grand slam in a 13-2 win over the Pirates at Wrigley Field.  

April 21, 1929

Rogers Hornsby has 4 hits, 2 doubles & 2 RBI as the Cubs defeat the Cardinals 3-0.  Guy Bush pitches a complete game, 3-hit shutout.  

April 26, 1929

Rogers Hornsby scores 2 runs, drives in 3 with a triple and 2 walks to help the Cubs defeat the Pirates 9-6.  

June 15, 1929

Great Cubs comeback, Cubs score 6 runs in 7th inning to tie game and win it in 10th inning.  Rogers Horsnby homers, drives in 4 runs in this Cubs victory.   

June 19, 1929, game 1

Rogers Hornsby goes 4 for 4 with a walk, 2 doubles, 3 runs scored and a walk.  Cubs sweep the doubleheader.  

June 30, 1929

Cubs defeat the Cardinals 14-8, Rogers Hornsby goes 4 for 4 with a double, triple, 2 runs scored & 2 RBI.  

July 17, 1929

Rogers Hornsby hits a grand slam as Cubs defeat the Phillies 16-3 in Philadelphia. 

July 29, 1929

Rogers Hornsby goes 3 for 5 with a home run, double & 3 RBI as the Cubs defeat the Phillies 12-10 at Wrigley Field. 

August 11, 1929

Cubs defeat the Braves 3-1 as Charlie Root pitches a complete game for the victory and Rogers Hornsby drives in all 3 runs with a single, double & home run.  

September 2, 1929

Rogers Hornsby has a big day in a Cubs doubleheader sweep of the Cardinals,   11-7 and 12-10.  In game 1, Horsnby goes 3 for 5 with a double, home run & 3 RBI.  In game 2, he goes 3 for 5 with a home run and another 3 RBI.  

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April 24, 1931

At Forbes Field, Rogers Hornsby hits 3 home runs and drives in 8 of the Cubs 10 runs in a 10-6 victory over the Pirates.  

June 30, 1931

In Philadelphia, the Cubs defeat the Phillies 10-3.  Rogers Hornsby hits 2 home runs, one a grand slam and drives in 7 runs.  

September 13, 1931

Rogers Hornsby hits the first ever extra inning, pinch hit, grand slam home run in major league history. At Wrigley Field, Hornsby's slam is a walk off as the Cubs defeat the Boston Braves, 11-7.   Hornsby is also player-manager for the Cubs in the 1931 season. 

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August 2, 1932 

Cubs manager, Rogers Horsnby is fired.  He will be replaced by Charlie Grimm.