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Leslie Mann Baseball Lantern Slide, No. 42

By Leslie Mann, St. Louis Mo. Erker Bros. Optical Co., Charles Abel and Danny Hurlburt

Abstract

Rogers Hornsby, a second baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals, stands in the back of the batters box at home plate. Hornsby holds the bat with both hands to the right side of his body, and appears to be watching the baseball after hitting it as his eyes look upward towards the sky. Hornsby's back right foot has come forward as he prepares to step again with his left foot and begin to run to first base. A catcher stands behind Hornsby.Hornsby is demonstrating a proper batting stance and follow through as he prepares to start running to first base after making contact with the baseball. Hornsby has completed a full follow through while keeping his eyes forward, which is important because it allows Hornsby to make contact with the baseball being thrown to him easier than it would have been if he hadn't been looking forward. Hornsby is also demonstrating the technique that some batters use of standing in the back of the batter's box. This is a good technique for patient batters as it gives them more time to react to the baseball before it is thrown to them. For example, Hornsby would have more time to swing the bat to hit the baseball and make contact with it by standing in the back of the box than he would have if he was standing near the front of the batter's box.Rogers Hornsby was born on April 27, 1896 in Winters, Texas. He played for the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Giants, Boston Braves, and the St. Louis Browns during his career, but he spent most of his years as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. He is considered one of the greatest hitters of all time, and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1942. Hornsby has the second highest career batting average in MLB history behind only Ty Cobb, with a lifetime batting average of. 358. He led the national league in batting seven times in his career. After retiring, Hornsby was a manager. One of the craziest facts about Hornsby is that he wasn't that good at baseball when he first started playing in the major leagues. He was skinny during his first season, and hit .246. His manager told Hornsby he was a little light, but he had the talent and said he was going to farm him out for a year. What he meant by this was he would send Hornsby to the Minor Leagues for a year to help him develop his baseball skills. However, Hornsby took this saying of farm out literally, and he spent the winter on his Uncle's farm. He gained 30 pounds of muscle and then became one of, if not, the greatest hitter in major league history. Hornsby was a very confident man who wasn't afraid to speak his mind, as he even called his manager a "boob" and his teammates "pigeons". Because of this, he often didn't get along with his teammates or coaches. Overall, though Hornsby may have been a difficult person to be friends with, he was one of the greatest baseball players of all time.Leslie Mann identifies the player in Slide 42 as Rogers Hornsby on page 9 of his manual titled the Fundamentals of Baseball.Good condition;This digital image is made from two separate digital scans; one scan of the lantern slide (reflective); one scan of the image (transparecy); the two images were then combined in Photoshop to create the final image

Topics: baseball; baseball caps; baseball fields;, Hornsby, Rogers;, St. Louis Cardinals;, Batting; Batting Swing--Follow Through; Catching;
Publisher: Springfield College
Year: 1920
OAI identifier: oai:cdm16122.contentdm.oclc.org:p16122coll10/188
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