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Friday, July 06, 2007

My Favorite Baseball Photo

110 years ago this month, Pittsburgh Pirates great Honus Wagner made his big league debut with the Louisville Colonels. One of the first players inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, Wagner is widely considered to be the greatest shortstop who ever lived. And unlike many of his baseball contemporaries, he wasn't a sociopath, a ham, or a jerk. Just a gangly, bow-legged ex-coal miner who never really wanted to be that far from da 'Burgh.

For further reading, check out Honus Wagner: On His Life and Baseball, a collection of articles Wagner wrote for the L.A. Times between 1923 and 1924 on his career, and Honus Wagner: The Life of Baseball's 'Flying Dutchman' by Arthur D. Hittner.

1 comment:

TheBoss said...

I would also recommend Honus Wagner: A Biography by Dennis and Jeanne Burke DeValeria. Although it appears to be hard to find.