Collecting 78.1% of the vote in the 1942 ballot, Rogers Hornsby joined the Hall of Fame as the single elect. The first National League player to ever hit 300 home runs in his career, was an exceptional hitter who holds the National League record for career batting average standing at .359. Hornsby was the first inducted to the Hall of Fame since 1939.
ROGERS HORNSBY: The only elect of 1942, Rogers Hornsby captured seven batting titles, hitting over .400 three times. Known as the fiercest right-hander hitter during his stays with the Cardinals, Giants, Braves, Cubs and Browns from 1915-1937, Hornsby set a 20th Century National League record hitting an incredible .424 in 1924 with the Cardinals and went to hit .359 for his career which is the highest National League mark of all-time. Hornsby also went on to win two MVP titles and two Triple Crowns to add to resume while earning the Cardinals’ first World Championship in 1926 as player-manager.