May 2014 Issue

Hall of Fame Spotlight

There are National Baseball Hall of Fame inductees that are household names to even the most casual baseball fan. But there are many somewhat obscure names that you may have not heard of. In this section, we salute these somewhat forgotten stars of the past, by spotlighting their amazing careers.

Roger Conner

Born:7/1/1857
Died:1/4/1931
First Game:5/1/1880
Last Game:5/18/1897
Induction: Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1976
Plaque Inscription

" Power-hitting star of the dead-ball era, set career home run record for 19th century players. Won league batting championship in 1885 and hit .300 or better 12 times. Hit three homers in a game in 1888 and made six hits in six at-bats in a game in 1895. "

Biography
Roger Connor was the 19th century's home-run king. His 138 career homers established a Major League record until surpassed by Babe Ruth in 1921. Connor hit 10 or more home runs seven times (a 19th-century record), once hit three homers in one game (May 9, 1888), and was the first ballplayer to hit an over-the-wall home run at the Polo Grounds. The slugging first baseman bested the .300 mark in 12 seasons and once garnered six hits in as many at-bats (June 1, 1895).
Curated Content From
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By Bill Lamb
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