Hornsby's later years, many of them admirably spent conducting youth baseball camps, seem to have been sad and lonely. "I always felt sorry for Rog," said Bill Veeck Jr., who, to the acclaim of his players, fired Hornsby as manager of the St. Louis Browns in 1952. "He goes from job to job...his lifetime batting average sitting upon his chest like a medal, and he is a stranger among his own kind."
On Jan. 5, 1963, Hornsby died of heart failure at age 66, perhaps a casualty of his teetotaler's obsession with cholesterol-rich milk and ice cream.
A sad end? Maybe. But Hornsby summed up his life this way: "I wore a big league uniform and I had the best equipment and I traveled in style and could play ball every day. What else is there?"