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Napoleon Lajoie Napoleon Lajoie

Second Baseman, 1B & S.S., Philadelphia Phillies 1896-1900, Philadelphia A's 1901-02 & 1915-16, Cleveland Indians 1903-14

Popular Nap Lajoie was the hardest hitting ball-player during the late 1890's and early 1900's.

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In his first full season, Lajoie led the NL league with a slugging pct of .569, including 40 doubles and 23 triples. He holds the American League record for the highest one season batting mark in history, when in 1901 he hit .422.

In the 'dead ball era', Napoleon Lajoie was the nation's top player and most popular. On his plaque in the 'Hall of Fame', Nap is described as 'a graceful second-baseman'. 'He was called by opposing pitchers and 3rd baseman - the hardiest hitter in all of baseball.'

The Cleveland Ball Club changed their name in 1903 to the Cleveland Naps in honor of their star. (it was changed to the Indians after he retired).

Nap Lajoie lifetime batting average is .338, with 3,242 hits, and 657 doubles. Three times he led his league in batting, and had four 200 plus seasons and four times he drove in over 100 runs.

Lajoie was tops in fielding in seven seasons leading the league in assists, total chances, double plays and putouts. Lajoie's records speak for themselves, and Nap was the biggest at drawing crowds to the ball parks during his playing days. Nap Lajoie was one of the best of all-time.

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