- 3B, 1B, OF, 2B
- July 1, 1857
- 6' 3"
- 220 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 5-01-1880 with TRN
- Hall of Fame:
The most prolific home run hitter of the nineteenth century, Roger Connor was one of baseball's first stars. With the New York Giants he teamed with John Ward and Buck Ewing to play on some of the best teams of the 1880s. Later he formed a powerful lineup with Billy Hamilton, Sam Thompson, and Ed Delahanty in Philadelphia. Though he belted 138 homers in his career, he was not correctly recognized as the all-time leader when Babe Ruth eclipsed his mark in 1921. Only later did Major League Baseball's rules committee sanction Connor as the record-holder prior to Ruth. That mark helped gain him long overdue election to the Hall of Fame.
"With his weight catapulting him, with speed and force, he slid feet first and, as he landed, could bob up, like a jack-in-the-box." sportswriter Sam Crane
Led the league in batting (.371), OBP, hits, and total bases. He had many excellent seasons in which he was near the top of his league in many offensive categories.
On September 11, 1886, Roger Connor became the first man (and possibly only man) to hit a ball completely out of the original Polo Grounds. As a result, his adoring fans presented him with a gold watch valued at nearly $500.
On September 10, 1881, Roger Connor hit the first grand slam in major league history. His homer ended the game in "walk-off" fashion.
Hitting for power and in the clutch.
It was reportedly Connor's prowess and stature that New York manager Jim Mutrie was referring to when he gushed about his team, "Look at my giants!" Thus the nickname for the New York, and later San Francisco Giants... Connor was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1976, thanks in part to the recommendation of umpire Bill Klem, who was befriended by Connor when Roger was a minor league owner after his playing career.
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