Born: 9/5/1874 in Woonsocket, Rhode Island
Died: 2/7/1959 in Daytona Beach, Florida
Major League Career: 1896-1916
Games Played at Second Base: 2,035
Most Games Played For: Cleveland Naps
Photo via Wikimedia Commons
Nap Lajoie was one of the big stars of the new American League at the turn of the 20th century. In 1902, the Cleveland Bluebirds acquired Lajoie in a trade and were so delighted by the boost in ticket sales that at the end of the season, they named the team after him! Lajoie finished his career with 3,242 hits and a .338 batting average. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1937.
For last year's A-Z Challenge, I featured players of the Baltimore Orioles/St. Louis Browns organization, my favorite baseball team. I managed to cover every position on the field except for one: second baseman. As such, I decided to devote this year's challenge entirely to the second base position, honoring the individuals who earned their keep playing one of the game's most demanding defensive positions.
Head on over to Blogging from A to Z April Challenge to find others joining the adventure.
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