Texas-born and Fort Worth-raised, Rogers "Rajah" Hornsby signed his first contract in 1914 with Denison in the Class D Texas-Oklahoma League. He began his major-league career in 1915 as a second baseman with the St. Louis Cardinals and later managed the team to the 1926 pennant and defeated the New York Yankees in the World Series. He also played for the New York Giants, Boston Braves, Chicago Cubs, and the St. Louis Browns. During his career, he earned the National League Most Valuable Player Award twice, won seven batting championships, set the all-time record for highest single season batting average (.424) and finished a 22-year major league career with a lifetime batting average of .358, the highest in National League history. Hornsby was inducted into he Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1955.