June 23, 2021

The Baseball 100: No. 17, Rogers Hornsby (The Athletic)

Starting in December and ending on Opening Day, Joe Posnanski will count down the 100 greatest baseball players by publishing an essay on a player every day for 100 days. In all, this project will contain roughly as many words as “Moby Dick.” Yes, we know it’s nutty. We hope you enjoy.

Let’s check in and see what people through the years have had to say about Rogers Hornsby:

Sportswriter John B. Sheridan: “He is, as the French say, deficient in the social relation.”

Hall of Famer Travis Jackson: “He cares little for what anyone says, and still less what they think.”

St. Louis Browns pitcher Les Tietje: “Now there was a p-r-i-c-k.”

Sportswriter Lee Allen: “Subtle as a belch.”

Journalist Westbrook Pegler: “He has go-to-hell eyes.”

Hall of Famer Satchel Paige: “If Mr. Hornsby had known as much about hitting as he thought he knew about pitching, he’d have held all the…

Read “The Baseball 100: No. 17, Rogers Hornsby” at The Athletic