On April 27, 1896, Rogers Hornsby was born in Winters, Texas. Arguably the greatest hitting second-baseman in baseball history, Hornsby won six straight batting titles for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1920 to 1925. He twice won the NL triple crown, and in 1924 he batted .424, the highest single-season mark for the twentieth century. Hornsby's .358 lifetime batting average is second only to Ty Cobb.
Other Cardinals with birthdays on this date include Hall of Famer Enos Slaughter and current St. Louis ace Chris Carpenter. April 27 has been a good day for the Redbirds.