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Honus Wagner


Among the primary five Hall of Popularity inductees who all recorded 3,415 strikes even though batting .327 across his profession using the Louisville Colonels and Pittsburgh Pirates from 1897 to 1917. His football card was therefore rare it became the best priced football credit card of all-time. He was created among nine kids to Peter and Katheryn Wagner, a set of German immigrants, within a community of Pittsburgh. Due to his extraordinary quickness and German roots, he was presented with the nickname “The Traveling Dutchman.” He previously three daughters along with his wife Bessie Baine Smith. Famous football star Ty Cobb was quoted as stating that he was “probably the greatest superstar ever to consider the gemstone.”

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Full Name Honus Wagner
Salary a $10,000
Date Of Birth February 24, 1874
Died December 6, 1955, Carnegie, Pennsylvania, United States
Place Of Birth Chartiers, PA
Height 1.8 m
Profession Baseball Player
Nationality German, American
Spouse Bessie Baine Smith
Children Betty Baine, Elva Katrina, Virginia Mae
Parents Johannes Peter Wagner, Katharina Wolf Wagner
Siblings Butts Wagner, Luke Wagner, William Wagner, Charles Wagner, Caroline L. Wagner Gallagher
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1 He had no intention of ever becoming an athlete or working anywhere other than a coal mine, where he was discovered.
2 Dropped out of high school.
3 From 1919-1922 he appeared in 19 films. Twelve of those were two-reel comedies with Moe and Shemp Howard.
4 One of 5 players in the inaugural class inducted into National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936. Wagner was tied for second in votes alongside Babe Ruth, with 215 votes each. Only Ty Cobb received more votes (222).
5 The Three Stooges Scrapbook states that Moe Howard and Honus Wagner may have made as many as a dozen two-reel shorts together but no record of these films endures.
6 Retired from profesional baseball in 1917 at the age of fourty-three. That winter in late December he got married to his long time love. He never married before or after. The reason he never married when he played baseball was he said marriage and family don't work for a ballplayer. Shortly after he retired he tried acting in front of the camera in short short comedies.
7 Played baseball from 1897-1917. All his years were in the National League. All but three of those years he played he played for his hometown Pittsburgh team. National League record: 8 time batting champ National League record: 15 straight seasons hitting .300 or better. Retired with the most hits in 1917 at 3415.
8 The most expensive sports card is the American Tobacco Company 1909 Wagner from its T-206 series. Included in packages of cigarettes, Wagner demanded that his card be withdrawn; only 50 are known to exist. On 15 July 2000 a PSA-graded NM-MT 8 Wagner sold on eBay for $1,265,000, breaking its own record of $640,500 set in 1996. As two of its previous owners were Wayne Gretzky and Bruce McNall, who bought it in 1991, PSA dubbed the card the "McNall/Gretzky" to distinguish it from the other Wagners. On 31 August 2007, the "McNall/Gretzky" Wagner was sold to an unidentified buyer for a record $2.8 million, just over six months after it was bought for a then-record $2.35 million.



In the Name of the Law 1922
Spring Fever 1919/II Short



The Baseball Revue of 1917 1917 Documentary Himself
Al You Know Me 1915 Short Himself - Chicago Cubs Player

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Prime 9 2009 TV Series Himself
DHL Presents Major League Baseball Hometown Heroes 2006 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
ESPN SportsCentury 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Baseball 1994 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
When It Was a Game 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself
Horsehide Heroes 1951 Documentary short Himself

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1 There ain't much to being a ballplayer, if you're a ballplayer.
2 I won't play for a penny less than fifteen hundred dollars.
3 Things were changing fast by that time, women were beginning to come to the ball parks. We had to stop cussing.
4 In all my years of play, I never saw an ump deliberately make an unfair decision. They really called them as they saw 'em.
5 I never have been sick. I don't even know what it means to be sick. I hear other players say they have a cold. I just don't know what it would feel like to have a cold - I never had one.
6 I don't want my picture in any cigarettes, but I also don't want you to lose the ten dollars, so I'm enclosing my check for that sum. - to a tobacco company which had already printed a card with his picture

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