Paul Waner

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Birthdate 4/16/1903
Death Date 8/29/1965
Debut Year 1926
Year of Induction 1952
Teams Braves, Dodgers, Pirates, Yankees
Position Right Field

With 3,125 hits and a .333 career average, three-time batting champion Paul Waner is an underappreciated member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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The 1927 National League MVP, Paul Waner was a three-time NL batting champ

The 1927 National League MVP, Paul Waner was a three-time NL batting champ

Three-time batting champ and 1927 Most Valuable Player Paul Waner in an underappreciated Hall of Famer. A lifetime .333 hitter with 3,125 hits, and a .404 on-base percentage, Waner enjoyed a 20-year playing career in the Major Leagues. His ’27 campaign was his second as a big leaguer. That sea
Paul Waner recorded his 3,000th hit then demanded the official scorer to change it to an error

Paul Waner recorded his 3,000th hit then demanded the official scorer to change it to an error

The story of how Paul Waner tallied his 3,000th hit is now just a footnote in baseball history. It’s also a story worth telling. Before Waner collected his landmark knock, just six inner-circle Cooperstown men reached the milestone. In chronological order the 3,000-hit club included Cap Anson
Government postcards offer context to signatures - this was signed in '49 near Waner's home

Government postcards offer context to signatures - this was signed in '49 near Waner's home

Shown here is the reverse of the government postcard signed by Paul Waner. Such cards offer insight into when and where the item was signed. By virtue of the postmark, we see this one was signed near his home in Sarasota, Florida on January 12, 1949. This was Waner’s final year as a scout for
Paul and Lloyd Waner are one of two brother combinations in Cooperstown

Paul and Lloyd Waner are one of two brother combinations in Cooperstown

Paul and Lloyd Waner combined to for 5,611 big league hits, the most ever by a brother combination. In fact, Big Poison and Little Poison tallied more base knocks than memorable brother trios of DiMaggio — Joe, Dom, and Vince had 4,853 hits — and Alou — Felipe, Matty, and Jesus had
The Waner brothers played for the Pirates while Honus Wagner served as a Pittsburgh coach

The Waner brothers played for the Pirates while Honus Wagner served as a Pittsburgh coach

Honus Wagner was still coaching for the Pirates when Paul and Lloyd Waner broke into the big leagues. Wagner often regaled rookies with tall tales of his playing days. In this handwritten letter of March 3, 1958 Lloyd Waner writes to the organizer Honus Wagner Dedication Day. “Will be glad to
Lloyd Waner played in one of the greatest offensive eras in the history of baseball

Lloyd Waner played in one of the greatest offensive eras in the history of baseball

Lloyd Waner finished with solid career numbers – a .316 career average 2,459 hits and a .316 lifetime average. His counting stats compare nicely to other Cooperstown men. Raw stats alone don’t tell the whole story. Though he made the Hall of Fame, Lloyd Waner’s career OPS+ stand

A Story about Paul Waner

Paul Waner recorded hit #3,000 twice

February 23rd, 2022 Leave a comment

3,000th hit Paul WAner

The story of how Lloyd Waner tallied his milestone 3,000th hit is now a mere footnote in baseball history.

It’s also a story worth knowing.

In an unlikely turn of events, an angry Paul Waner rejected a scorer’s decision.

Waner demanded a chance to record his memorable knock cleanly – and got his wish.

This is the forgotten tale of how the 7th MLB batter to total 3,000 hits joined baseball’s exclusive club.

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One response to “Paul Waner”

  1. Bill Martinez says:

    Terrific story on his 3,000th hit. Thank you for sharing it!

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