Napoleon "Larry" Lajoie


Five-time American League batting champion Napoleon "Larry" Lajoie (1874-1954,) finished his exceptional Major League Baseball career with a lifetime .338 batting average, tied for the 16th greatest of all-time. His .421 average in 1901 remains the highest in American League history.

Lajoie made his Major League debut with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1896. In 1901 he left for the newly formed American League, crossing town to join Manager Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics. The Phillies contested the move, resulting in a court ordered injunction that forced the A’s to trade the star batsman to the Cleveland Bronchos the following season.

To publicize their addition of the celebrated infielder, The Bronchos changed their name to the Naps. Lajoie’s connection to the team was further entrenched by his service as the Nap’s player manager from 1905-1909. In 1915, when Lajoie returned to Philadelphia to play for the A’s, Cleveland changed it’s name one again, this time to the Indians.

Lajoie retired from the Major Leagues following the 1916 season. He would go on to play and manage in the minor leagues before hanging up his glove for good in 1918.

Widely considered one of the sport’s all-time greats, Lajoie had 3,243 hits, 14th most in Major League History, alongside 82 home runs and 1,599 runs batted in. The 1901 triple crown winner was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937.

Date Made: 1950

Associated Name: Lajoie, NapoleonPhiladelphia PhilliesPhiladelphia AthleticsCleveland NapsCleveland Indians

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: BaseballWeb Subject: Sports


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: CL.310547.034.16Accession Number: 310547Catalog Number: 310547.034.16

Object Name: card, baseballautographautograph, baseball

Physical Description: paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 4 in x 6 in; 10.16 cm x 15.24 cm


Record Id: nmah_1333194

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