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1874: Hall of Fame baseball player Napoléon "Nap" Lajoie, who won the American League Triple Crown in 1901 and joined Cap Anson and Honus Wagner in 1914 as the only major league players to that point to reach 3,000 career hits, is born Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Lajoie, who won five AL batting titles and holds the single-season batting average record of .426, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937 as part of the hall's second class. Lajoie played for the Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Athletics and Cleveland Naps between 1896 and 1916. In Cleveland he was so popular with the fans that the team's name was changed from the Broncos to the Napoleons in his honor, changing to the Cleveland Indians after he left in 1915.
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