The great Rogers Hornsby used to work at the Doan Baseball School as an instructor when it was held at Whittington Park. A Hall of Famer who owned a lifetime batting average of .358, Hornsby hit over .400 three times during a four-year stretch including an amazing .424 batting average in 1924, still the highest single season average in baseball history. But Hornsby was also a teacher of the game, and took over the school in 1939 and renamed it the Rogers Hornsby Baseball College. Hornsby also moved his school to the former location of Majestic Field.
The school regularly trained over 200 prospective professional players with tuition for each student costing $50. The school lasted six weeks and featured visiting instructors such as Cy Young, Jimmie Foxx, Tris Speaker and “Schoolboy” Rowe among others. Scouts representing over 100 baseball clubs kept a watchful eye on the standout players who attended this school.
The Hornsby Baseball College operated until 1952