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Honus Wagner

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner

Full Name: Johannes Peter Wagner
Profession: MLB Shortshop

United States of America

Biography: 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
Birthplace: Chartiers, Pennsylvania, USA
Star Sign: Pisces

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

  • 1909-05-02 Honus Wagner steals his way around bases in 1st inning against Cubs
  • 1914-06-09 Pittsburgh Pirate baseball shortstop Honus Wagner is 2nd player to get 3,000 hits
  • 1915-07-29 Pirate Honus Wagner at 41, hits a grand slam HR
  • 1916-07-01 Pittsburgh shortstop Honus Wagner, at 42 and 4 months, connects at Cincinnati to become the oldest to hit an inside-the-park HR; Pirates beat Reds, 2-1
  • 1917-09-17 Honus Wagner, retires at 43, Pirates retire his #33
  • 1936-01-29 1st players elected to Baseball Hall of Fame: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson & Walter Johnson
  • 1962-05-19 Stan Musial breaks Honus Wagner's NL hit record with 3,431

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