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On This Date in Cardinals History, Jan. 8, 1963

On this date in 1963 former Cardinals slugger is buried after passing away due to a heart attack at the age of 66.

Hornsby, a Hall of Famer, was considered by some to be the greatest right-handed hitter of all-time. He batted .358 over the course of his career with 301 homers and 1,584 RBIs. The two-time National League MVP twice turned in seasons with a batting average higher than .400 with his greatest year being his .401 hitting year with 42 homers and 152 RBIs in 1922. Two years later, The Rajah batted .424 with 25 homers and 94 batted in.

In addition to his accomplishments as a player, Hornsby was a World Series winning manager. In 1926 he piloted the Cardinals to their first win in the Fall Classic

The best player in the National League, after winning the World Series in '26, Hornsby decided that he didn't make enough money and demanded a long-term contract with a substantial raise. Cardinals owner Sam Breadon shipped him off to New York in exchange for Frank Frisch.

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