Honus Wagner

Birthdate 2/24/1874
Death Date 12/6/1955
Debut Year 1897
Year of Induction 1936
Teams Pirates
Positions First Base, Right Field, Shortstop

Honus Wagner and Tony Gwynn share the NL record with 8 batting championships. Wagner also led the league in slugging percentage 6 times.

In the collection:

Honus Wagner thanks Ford Frick for his lifetime pass in 1935

Honus Wagner thanks Ford Frick for his lifetime pass in 1935

Imagine having a lifetime pass to any game in the National League. That’s what NL President Ford Frick bestowed upon Honus Wagner 18 years after the Flying Dutchman retired. Overjoyed by the gesture Wagner, one of the first five Hall of Fame inductees, sent a handwritten thank-you letter to Fr
Lengthy 1908 Barney Dreyfuss handwritten with Wagner mention

Lengthy 1908 Barney Dreyfuss handwritten with Wagner mention

All of Honus Wagner’s 21 years in the big leagues as a player were spent with owner Barney Dreyfuss’ Louisville Colonels and Pittsburgh Pirates. In the collection is a letter handwritten by Dreyfuss who alludes to a feud with newspaper men before closing the letter with an assessment of
Lloyd Waner writes about Honus Wagner Dedication Day

Lloyd Waner writes about Honus Wagner Dedication Day

Upon retirement as a player, Honus Wagner stayed with the Pittsburgh organization as a coach. Along the way he befriended and mentored many Pirate greats including future Hall of Fame outfielder Lloyd Waner. In this handwritten letter of March 3, 1958 Waner writes to the organizer Honus Wagner Dedi

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Lifetime passes were the brainchild of NL President Ford Frick; here’s a pictorial history

June 18th, 2016

A newspaper man turned league publicist turned league president came up with a brilliant idea in 1934 — reward longtime National League players with a lifetime pass to all NL games. Senior Circuit owners approved Ford Frick’s proposal at the league meeting in December of ’34. A few months later, Frick sent out ornately decorated paper Lifetime Passes to the NL’s greatest players. He even sent one to Babe Ruth who appeared in all of 28 games for the Boston Braves in 1935. A 21-year veteran of the American League, the Babe was grateful if not surprised when he remarked, “At least the National League has a heart”. A picture of the original paper pass presented to Hall of Fame outfielder Sliding Billy Hamilton can be seen below. Perhaps shamed by Ruth’s remarks, the American League joined forces in 1936 to issue a pass to all Major League contests. Players with twenty or more years of service received a solid gold pass. Seventeen men qualified for the true “golden ticket” — Ruth, Fred Clarke, Ty Cobb, Eddie Collins, Bill Dahlen, Harry Davis, Red Faber, Walter Johnson, Sam Jones, Nap Lajoie, Rabbit Maranville, Herb Pennock, Eppa Rixey, Tris Speaker, Honus Wagner, Bobby […]

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