Lajoie, Nap

Napoleon Lajoie
Born: September 5, 1874, Woonsocket, Rhode Island
Died: February 7, 1959, Daytona Beach, Florida
Played For: 
Philadelphia Phillies (1896-1900), Philadelphia A's (1901-1902, 1915-1916), Cleveland Indians (1902-1914)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1937

Second baseman Napoleon Larry Lajoie combined grace in the field with power at the plate. Renowned for hitting the ball hard, Lajoie topped .300 in 16 of his 21 big league seasons, ten times batting over .350 for a lifetime average of .339. In 1901, making the jump from the Phillies to the Athletics of the new American League, Lajoie dominated the Junior Circuit. He captured the Triple Crown, led league second basemen in fielding average and batted .426 -- an American League mark that has yet to be topped.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that on May 23, 1901, Nap Lajoie became the first big league player to be intentionally walked with the bases loaded?
You don't always need stars to win. You don't always need greatness. Sometimes spirit, determination, fight will do as well.