Honus Wagner

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner Full Name: Honus Wagner [Johannes Peter Wagner]
Nationality: American

Profession: MLB Shortshop
Why Famous: Nicknamed "The Flying Dutchman" due to his superb speed and German heritage, he played 21 seasons in the MLB from 1897 to 1917, almost entirely for the Pittsburgh Pirates, during which time he won eight batting titles.

He is widely considered to be the greatest shortstop of all time.

Born: February 24, 1874
Star Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chartiers, Pennsylvania, USA

Died: December 6, 1955 (aged 81)

Married Life

  • 1916-12-30 MLB player Honus Wagner (42) weds Bessie Baine Smith (26) at St John's Church in Carnegie, Pennsylvania

Historical Events in the Life of Honus Wagner

  • 1909-05-02 Honus Wagner steals his way around bases in 1st inning against Cubs
  • 1914-06-09 Honus Wagner is 2nd to get 3,000 hits
  • 1915-07-29 Pirate Honus Wagner at 41, hits a grand slam HR
  • 1916-07-01 Honus Wagner, 42, is oldest to hit an inside-the-park HR
  • 1936-01-29 1st players elected to Baseball Hall of Fame: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson & Walter Johnson
  • 1952-02-16 Hall of Famer Honus Wagner, 77, retires; Pirates retire his #33
  • 1962-05-19 Stan Musial breaks Honus Wagner's NL hit record with 3,431

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