On this date 95 years ago Cardinals legend Rogers Hornsby hit the first homer of his Hall of Fame career.
The Rajah, connected against Brooklyn pitcher Jeff Pfeffer at Robison Field for the first of the 301 round-trippers he would hit in his 23-year career.
A second baseman, Hornsby famously misunderstood when he was told after his debut in 1915 that he needed more time "on the farm." While the club hoped to see him polish his skills in the minor leagues, Hornsby got a job on an actual Old McDonald sort of farm with a moo moo here and a moo moo there. He bulked up and became one of the best power hitting middle infielders in major league history.
He totalled just 36 homers through his first six major league seasons as the deadball era came to an end. But Hornsby cracked 21 in 1921 and then doubled it to 42 in 1922 -- to go along with his .401 batting average.
From 1921-1925 Hornsby had a .402 batting average and hit 29 with 123 runs scored and 120 RBIs a season.
The Redbirds called Robison field home from 1892-1920 (although it was largely rebuild on six occasions after the wooden stands caught on fire). They moved to Sportsmans Park as tenants of the Browns when former Cardinals owner Sam Breadon had to sell Robison Field when he got into financial trouble.