The Hall of Famers

Roger Connor
Born:  July 1, 1857, Waterbury, CT
Died:  January 4, 1931, Waterbury, CT
Bats:  L  Throws:  L
Played for:  Troy Trojans (1880-1882), New York Gothams or Giants (1883-1889, 1891, 1893-1894), New York Giants - Players Lg (1890), Philadelphia Phillies (1892), St. Louis Browns (1894-1897)
Elected to Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee:  1976


Roger Connor was the 19th century's home run king. His 138 career homers established a major league record until surpassed by Babe Ruth in 1921. Connor hit 10 or more home runs seven times (a 19th century record), once hit three homers in one game (May 9, 1888), and was the first ballplayer to hit an over-the-wall home run at the Polo Grounds. The slugging first baseman bested the .300 mark in 12 seasons and once garnered six hits in as many at-bats (June 1, 1895).


“Roger was both active and nimble and did fully as well if not better in the fielding line than his contemporaries. He had a tremendous reach, a good pair of hands and was exceedingly good on pickups, digging the ball out of the dirt…”
—  Sam Crane

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