Paul Waner, nicknamed “Big Poison”, was an outstanding outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Brooklyn Dodgers, Boston Braves and the New York Yankees. In his twenty-year Major League career between 1926 and 1945, Waner tallied impressive statistics that earned him a spot in the All-Star Game four times in 1933, 1934, 1935, and 1936. His most successful season came in his sophomore campaign in 1927 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he led the league in games, plate appearances, hits, triples, RBIs, and batting average, which led to being honored as the National League Most Valuable Player. After his final season in 1944, Paul Waner finished off his long career with a .333 batting average, 3,152 hits, and 1,309 RBIs. In 1952 Waner was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and later had his jersey number ‘11’ retired by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2007.
-Michael Rinehart, Jr.
August 10, 2010