Pie Traynor

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Birthdate 11/11/1899
Death Date 3/16/1972
Debut Year 1920
Year of Induction 1948
Teams Pirates
Position Third Base

A 17-year career with the Pirates left Pie Traynor with a .320 career average and 2,416 hits earning him induction as the Hall’s first 3rd baseman

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In the collection:

Envelope addressed to Mrs. Harold Traynor

Envelope addressed to Mrs. Harold Traynor

The date was April 13, 1935 when Pie Traynor posted this letter to his wife Eve. The Pirate third baseman addressed the envelope to “Mrs. Harold J. Traynor” thereby providing his autograph. The outstanding third baseman before World War II, Traynor was selected
Pie Traynor two-page handwritten letter

Pie Traynor two-page handwritten letter

Do you know the origin of Harold Traynor’s nickname? A grocery store owner near his childhood home in Somerville, Massachusetts gave him the moniker that would stick with him the rest of his life. Apparently the store owner called Traynor, “Pie Face” which was later
Interesting look at the back of the original envelope

Interesting look at the back of the original envelope

Though the back of the envelope holds little to no interest for baseball fans it does provide a snapshot of a bygone era. Direct from the “Hotel Peabody” this envelope boasts, “625 Rooms” and “625 Baths”. Most folks alive today have only stayed in hotels in which
Pie Traynor autographed 3x5 index card

Pie Traynor autographed 3x5 index card

Most of the Traynor autographs that survive today are similar to this index card in which the third baseman has written, “Pie Traynor”. That makes the first image on this page a bit remarkable. Much less common is the more formal, “Harold Traynor” as shown
Elbie Fletcher writes of teammate Pie Traynor's abilities

Elbie Fletcher writes of teammate Pie Traynor's abilities

Elbie Fletcher enjoyed a 12-year Major League career, most of which with the Pirates. Here Fletcher writes about Pie Traynor, “In 1939 I was sold to the Pitts. Pirates and ‘Pie’ Traynor was the manager, a great break for me. He was a ‘Hall of Famer’, an outstanding thir

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