Nap Lajoie

Nap Lajoie
Birthdate 9/5/1874
Death Date 2/7/1959
Debut Year 1896
Year of Induction 1937
Teams Athletics, Indians, Phillies
Positions First Base, Second Base

Nap Lajoie won 5 batting crowns including four in a row from 1901-1904. His .426 average in 1901 capped the 20th century’s first Triple Crown.

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Nap Lajoie finished his career with 3,243 hits and a .338 lifetime average

Nap Lajoie finished his career with 3,243 hits and a .338 lifetime average

Nap Lajoie broke in with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1896, hitting .326 in 39 games. It was no fluke. In 16 or his first 18 years, Lajoie hit .320 or better. In nine of the 18, his averaged topped the .350 mark. Consistently excellent, Lajoie hit .345 with a 147 OPS+ in his five seaons with the Phi
Ty Cobb and Lajoie battled for the controversial 1910 batting championship

Ty Cobb and Lajoie battled for the controversial 1910 batting championship

In the collection is a letter from Lee MacPhail with interesting content in a letter about the 1910 batting race. Before the 1910 season Hugh Chalmers, head of the Chalmers Automobile Company announced that the batting champions from both leagues would receive a Chalmers 30 automobile as part of a p

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