Nicknamed Little Poison to his to his older brother Paul (Big Poison), Lloyd Waner with his brother, led the Pittsburgh Pirates to many successful years from 1927 to 1940. Legend has it that a Brooklyn fan from Pittsburgh had taken to calling them Big Person and Little Person in Brooklynese, eventually becoming Big & Little Poison. Waner had a career batting average of .316 over 18 years. He had over 200 hits 4 times and was a superior center fielder, leading the league in putouts and assists numerous times. Waner played for 4 different teams from 1941 to 1944. Despite being past his prime, Pittsburgh traded for him at the end of 1944 and he ended his career with them in 1945. The Waner brothers hold the career hits record for brothers. They combined to total 5611 hits with Big brother Paul’s 3152 hits added to Lloyd’s 2459.
May 31, 2016
Oklahoma City, OK