The Hall of Famers

John Peter Wagner
Born:  February 24, 1874, Chartiers, PA
Died:  December 6, 1955, Carnegie, PA
Bats:  R  Throws:  R
Played for:  Louisville Colonels (1897-1899), Pittsburgh Pirates (1900-1917)
Elected to Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers:  1936
215  votes of 226  ballots cast   (95.13%)


One of the Hall of Fame's five original inductees in 1936, Honus Wagner combined rare offensive and defensive excellence throughout a 21-year career. Despite his awkward appearance - stocky, barrel-chested and bow-legged - the longtime Pirates shortstop broke into the big leagues by hitting .344 in 1897 with Louisville, the first of 17 consecutive seasons of hitting over .300, including eight as the National League batting champion. Wagner compiled a lifetime average of .329, and the Flying Dutchman also stole 722 bases, while leading the league in thefts on five occasions.


“He wasn't just the greatest shortstop ever. He was the greatest everything ever.”
—  teammate Tommy Leach