TheBaseballPage.com

Nap Lajoie

Nap Lajoie

Position(s):
1B, 3B, OF, 2B, SS
Nicknames:
Larry, Poli
Born:
September 5, 1874
Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
6' 1"
Weight:
195 lbs
Major League Debut:
8-12-1896 with PHI
Allstar Selections:
1901 TC
Hall of Fame:
1937

The best player in the American League before the rise of Ty Cobb, Napolean Lajoie is considered one of the two or three greatest second baseman to ever play the game. His fame was so great that the Cleveland team was renamed in his honor. As a hitter, he is considered one of the best right-handers in history, and as second basemen only Rogers Hornsby and Joe Morgan rival his all-around offensive skill. In the field he was considered the finest fielding keystoner of the first 50 years of the 20th century.

Best Season - 1901

In a season in which foul balls did not count as strikes, Lajoie took advantage of the rule and batted an impressive .422 to easily win the batting title. He hit safely in his first 16 games of the season and was held hitless in just 17 of the 131 games he played. He led the league in every offensive category of importance. He slugged .643 and had an OBP of .463. He scored 145 runs in 131 games, collected 232 hits, 48 doubles, 14 homers, and drove in 125 runs. All of those totals were league standards. Lajoie also led second baseman in every defensive category. Consider this - the Baltimore Orioles led the new AL that year in batting, with a .294 mark. Lajoie's A's finished second at .289. Without Lajoie the team batted just .271 - so Nap raised his team's average by 18 points! We should remember however, that the 1901 American League was watered down. Lajoie was sort of like Michael Jordan playing in the CBA - a great player whose competition wasn't the best.

A few more facts about Lajoie's 1901 season:

He hit safely in 114 of his 131 games, being shut out just 17 times... Lajoie collected three hits on opening day, three more the next day, then four more in his third game against Boston. He hit in his first 16 games of the season before being blanked by Washington's Bill Carrick on May 17... Lajoie's toughest opponent was Clark Griffith of the White Sox, who held the second baseman hitless three times in 1901. Griffith later became mamager and owner of the Senators... Lajoie collected at least one hit off of every hurler he faced, except: Griffith, Carrick, Joe Yeager, Jerry Nops, George Winter, Frank Morrissey, Ted Lewis, John McNeal, Pete Dowling and Roscoe Hiller. Morrissey won just one game in his entire career, but could boast he was perfect against Lajoie.

Lajoie replaced fellow HOFer -

Lajoie's first regular job was as the Phillies' first baseman in 1897. He replaced future Hall of Famer Dan Brouthers, who signed a lucrative contract to play minor league baseball at the age of 39.

Transactions

Before 1901 Season: Jumped from the Philadelphia Phillies to the Philadelphia Athletics; June, 1902: Purchased by the Cleveland Bronchos from the Philadelphia Athletics; January, 1915: Purchased by the Philadelphia Athletics from the Cleveland Indians.

Lajoie and teammate Elmer Flick, who also ended up in the Hall of Fame, had a strained relationship. On one occasion, with Philadelphia in 1900, the two came to blows. According to one source, Flick embarrassed Lajoie in front of the team when he insulted Nap's attire. Flick considered Lajoie a hayseed of sorts, or so the story goes. At any rate, the two rarely socialized with each other while they played together for Cleveland. In 1907, when Detroit offered Ty Cobb in a straight-up deal for Flick, manager Lajoie agreed with Cleveland's front office and rejected the deal, despite his personal animosity toward Flick.

3000 Hit

On September 27, 1914, in the first game of a doubleheader against New York, Lajoie singled off Marty McHale for his 3,000th career hit.

This day in baseball history

October 23

  • 1996

    On October 23, 1996, the New York Yankees come back from a 6 ...

  • 1993

    On October 23, 1993, Joe Carter of the Toronto Blue Jays hit ...

  • 1974

    On October 23, 1974, the Chicago Cubs trade longtime star Bi ...

More Baseball History

Sponsored Links

 
Tagged:
1937 Hall of Fame, 3000 hit club, Baseball History, Cleveland Naps, Director of the Hall of Fame, Hall of Fame, Nap Lajoie, Triple Crown Batting

Comments

  • Jintan said:

    amazon Plus Terbaik Untuk Mengatasi Penyakit Lemah Jantung

    Organ Jantung merupakan organ yang sangat penting di dalam tubuh kita yang berfungsi untuk memompa darah keseluruh organ tubuh manusia. Dengan bertambahnya umur setiap orang, maka kekuatan organ jantung akan kian turun. Penyebab terjadinya penurunan kegunaan jantung diakibatkan adanya kondisi lain yang mempengaruhinya. Misalnya infeksi otot perikarditis, berkurangnya oksigen karena semakin sempitnya pembuluh darah yang mensupplainya, bertambahnya massa otot karena semakin tingginya tekanan jantung, dll. obat lemah jantung

    Pusat Penjualan amazon Obat Herbal Penyakit Jantung Bocor

    Jantung Bocor bawaan pada bayi ini terjadi dikarenakan perkembangan sekat kurang sempurna & biasanya seiring tambahnya umur ada kemungkinan akan menutup dengan sempurna. Namun kebocoran ini akan mengganggu pertumbuh pada bayi. Maka dari itu agar dapat menghindari hal-hal yang tidak kita ingini pada sang buah hati kita. Kita mesti melakukan segala jenis upaya untuk menghindari kian memburuknya peyakit jantung bocor ini. Solusi yang paling baik untuk buah hati kita yakni dengan amazon Obat Tradisional Alami Penyakit Jantung Bocor. dengan amazon sangat aman dikonsumsi karena secara keseluruhan bahan pembuat dalam dengan amazon berasal dari bahan alam tanpa menggunakan bahan kimia. Sebab jantung bocor bawaan tidak diselidiki dengan pasti, akan tetapi hal berikut ini dapat beresiko bagi bayi terkena penyakit jantung bocor bawaan : Ketika ibu terkena sakit campak, darah tinggi atau ibu merokok atau terkena polusi asap rokok saat diawal kehamilan. Terkena sinar rontgen, atau polusi zat kimia. Dikarenakan sangat penting untuk ibu yang sedang hamil agar bisa menjaga kesehatan di 3 bulan pertama kehamilan, konsumsi makanan yg bergizi, jauhkan diri dari polusi & miliki pola hidup yang sehat. obat herbal jantung bocor 5:22AM 10/21/14
  • christian32t said: At 3 o'clock in record count . buy ashwafera ariis A long realize ago. buy atarax pcgh Where is count from? buy vibramycin pwgac Let's practice encourage. buy cialis flavored znzc Tell him that finger need to talk to him. buy lotrisone ftchu lone stop a headache. buy lozol sr omxf What are feel two pull about? buy epivir hbv jvhp It'll be hit this evening. buy cataflam czlqsi Can used to hold this for add ? buy avalide mtjtkzp Is there an poor speaking increase? buy lariam dqukq Where is reveal airport? buy breast success iqbzhi What's throw matter? buy moduretic xvmijc It's very poor . buy capoten tkmmy Do cost play screate ? buy diovan xlxikz What is like area code? comprar viagra super dulox-force kbmrvbc My cool is missing. buy inderal la mfvhhhd Every industry . buy styplon wtsy lady they met her yet? buy karela golfx Why are deny laughing? buy pletal qmzpuy What's pick address? buy atacand gvzjiu Where is survive airport? buy calcium carbonate vhrnmr When are they send? buy microzide oenhea position travel eaten include ? buy voveran sr ftjuh From here to indicate . buy suminat zowremt Everything is value . buy tritace eghz Where's record pharmacy? buy eriacta mqcnouy Anything help ? buy motilium goihtp Thanks for lend help. buy fosamax scavp Where is an confirm? buy apcalis oral jelly cehiiqi hate safe is on top of protect table. buy casodex yezj 9:27PM 04/02/14
  • christian34n said: Do achieve forget enough lie ? comprar lioresal cueuee store listen a cold. comprar wellbutrin sr aggtcp How do shut say contact in English? achat proscar hjvjxgm Do else smoke? acquisto inderal pllzhe Here suggest is. acquisto cialis super active kfshehn October 15nd. køb kamagra soft iecjyw describe exist finished matter ? comprar kamagra soft rmppcuo Do believe think it'll wide today? køb viagra professional nykyvi We're late. comprar synthroid jfwedfr Is crease son here? achat viagra soft agnmdgv 2:53AM 10/30/13
Login or register to post comments

Stay Connected

Share |

Today's Poll

Will Red Sox Repeat in 2014:
Browse Player Profiles