Honus Wagner (1936)
Honus Wagner started his professional baseball career in 1896 in the Atlantic League. The following season, he was with the Louisville Colonels of the National League. In 1900, he moved to the Pittsburgh Pirates and stayed with them through the 1917 season. In his first season with the Pirates, Wagner led the National League in batting (.381), doubles (45), and triples (22). That season turned out to be his best one.
Although Wagner played shortstop for most of his career, he played different positions in his first few seasons in the major league, becoming a permanent shortstop in 1904. In his last season, 1917, at the age of 44, Wagner became the manager as well as the shortstop for the Pirates.
During his 21 seasons in the major leagues, Wagner led the National League in stolen bases five times. He also held the NL batting title eight times between 1900 and 1911.
After retiring as a player and manager, Wagner stayed with the Pirates until 1951, serving as a coach and hitting instructor. He also ran a sporting goods company. In 1942, he was elected Deputy County Sheriff of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
Statistics for Wagner in 21 seasons (1897-1917) in the major leagues include:
- 16 seasons with over 150 hits, with a high of 201 in 1900 and 1908
- 14 seasons with 30 or more doubles, with a high of 22 in 1900
- 9 seasons with 100 or more RBIs, with a high of 113 in 1899
- 18 seasons with 20 or more stolen bases, with a high of 61 in 1907
- 16 seasons with a batting average over .300, with a high of .381 in 1900
Career statistics for Wagner include:
- 2,792 games played
- 3,415 hits
- 640 doubles
- 252 triples
- 1,732 RBIs
- 722 stolen bases
- .327 batting average