Quite possibly the greatest shortstop to play the game, Honus Wagner originally came up with the Louisville Colonels in 1897. His hit an impressive .335 in 62 games but “slumped” to .299 during his first full year the following season. It would be the last time he hit below .300 for the next fifteen years. After the contraction of the Colonels, he would follow owner Barney Dreyfuss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. He would lead the league in batting eight times for the Bucs, where he would spend the rest of his twenty-one year career. He lead the league in RBIs five times and knocked in better than 100 nine times. His size belied his incredible speed and he led the league in stolen bases five times. When he met his American League rival Ty Cobb in the 1909 World Series, he outplayed the Georgia Peach and led the Pirates to their first Championship. He retired with 3,420 hits and was an original inductee in the Hall of Fame in 1936.
August 7, 2011
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