Honus Wagner

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Birthday
24, 1874
Birthplace
Chartiers, PA
Death Date
Dec 6, 1955 (81)
Birth Sign
Pisces
Birthday
24, 1874
Birthplace
Chartiers, PA
Death Date
Dec 6, 1955 (81)

About

One of the original five Hall of Fame inductees who recorded 3,415 hits while batting .327 across his career with the Louisville Colonels and Pittsburgh Pirates from 1897 to 1917. His baseball card was so rare that it became the highest priced baseball card of all-time.

Before Fame

He was born one of nine children to Peter and Katheryn Wagner, a pair of German immigrants, in a neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

Trivia

Because of his extraordinary speed and German origins, he was given the nickname "The Flying Dutchman."

Family Life

He had three daughters with his wife Bessie Baine Smith.

Associated With

Renowned baseball legend Ty Cobb was quoted as saying that he was "maybe the greatest star ever to take the diamond."

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