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Honus Wagner

Author : Arthur D. Hittner
ISBN : 9781476603957
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Regarded by many of his contemporaries as the greatest baseball player of all time, John Peter “Honus” Wagner enjoyed a remarkable career with the Pittsburgh Pirates. His record of 17 consecutive .300-plus seasons is a mark that will probably never be broken. He led the National League eight times in hitting, six times in slugging percentage and five times in stolen bases. Known as the Flying Dutchman, he also excelled in the field, defining the shortstop position for a generation. Though one of the original inductees in the Baseball Hall of Fame, he has often been overlooked by baseball fans and historians. A humble man whose biggest passions were hunting and fishing, the Pirate shortstop lacked the flamboyance of a Ty Cobb or Babe Ruth. He rarely smoked or drank, though sometimes he indulged in a sandlot game with the neighborhood kids. Based on contemporary newspaper accounts, family scrapbooks and correspondence, and Wagner’s own vestpocket notebooks, this is the story of baseball’s first superstar.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Honus Wagner

Author : Dennis DeValeria
ISBN : 9781466862883
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"We think we have made a deal which will materially help us out," Fred Clarke, manager of the National Louisville Colonels, prophetically told the local media in 1897. "After negotiating for some days we have succeeded in securing Hans Wagner...He is a big, heavy German, with very large hands, and is powerful as a bull. He kills the ball." A few years later, the widely read sportswriter Hugh Fullteron would refer to Wagner as "the nearest approach to a baseball machine ever constructed." Honus Wagner is generally acknowledged as the finest shortstop in baseball history. Along with Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, and Walter Johnson, he was one of the first five players to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. His rare 1909 baseball card--known to collectors as the Holy Grail of American memorabilia--fetched nearly half a million dollars at auction in 1991. His rise paralleled the development of baseball as the national pastime, and his playing skills remain legendary. He was, possibly, the first superstar of American sports. And yet, amazingly, a full-length biography of Honus Wagner had never before appeared. Here, Dennis and Jeanne DeValeria tell the sports hero's whole story. The son of German immigrants, Wagner (1874-1955) grew up in Andrew Carnegie's Pittsburgh, working in coal mines at age twelve. At age thirteen he worked in a steel mill; at twenty-one he was a professional baseball player. Despite his hardscrabble background, he came to be respected by those in the highest reaches of American society: when he became an icon, he would know President Howard Taft and industrialist Henry Ford. And with prestige came wealth: one of the highest-paid players in the game, he was among the first in his hometown to own an automobile. At a time when baseball was a raw, aggressive game played by rugged men, the unflappable Wagner's humble ways enhanced his miraculous performance throughout his twenty-one-year career, including three seasons with the Louisville Colonels and eighteen with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Wagner's gradual emergence from the pack into stardom and popularity is described here in rich detail. But the book also reveals much of Wagner's family and personal life--his minor league career, his values, his failed business ventures during the Depression, his later years--about which, until now, there had been no well known narrative. Neither the "rowdy-ball" ruffian nor the teetotal saint constructed of legend, Wagner is presented here in a complete portrait--one that offers a vivid impression of the era when baseball was America's game and the nation was evolving into the world's industrial leader.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

All Star

Author : Jane Yolen
ISBN : 0399246614
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Discusses the life and career of the Pittsburgh Pirates legend who was one of the greatest hitters and fielders in baseball history.
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Honus Wagner

Author : Honus Wagner
ISBN : 1587263084
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Much has been written about the career of Honus Wagner, but precious little is known about the man who was deeply private and protected his personal life. He was a sports hero, "The Flying Dutchman.” Honus entered professional baseball in 1897 and quickly became one of the greatest players of the day, batting for a .300 average or better in 17 consecutive seasons. From the coal mines of western Pennsylvania to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Wagner's contributions to the game are as great as those of any player to have worn a professional uniform. According to Hall of Famer John McGraw, "It's too bad the present generation really has no adequate picture of Wagner, no complete impression of his greatness and genius." Until now that is! Written more than seventy-five years ago and never published in book form, Wagner's stories of the game are intriguing and entertaining—a unique baseball education for any true fan!
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Honus Wagner And His Pittsburgh Pirates

Author : Ronald T. Waldo
ISBN : 9781476618821
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Honus Wagner’s spectacular baseball career spanned 21 seasons from 1897 through 1917. Widely considered the greatest shortstop in baseball history, Wagner won eight National League batting titles and helped win the pennant four times for his hometown Pittsburgh Pirates. This book assembles the many stories about Wagner that circulated among his teammates, opposing players, writers and fans—reminiscences that define both his career and his life as a citizen in the Pittsburgh suburb of Carnegie.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Honus Wagner

Author : Frederic P. Miller
ISBN : 6131657068
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Johannes Peter Honus Wagner, nicknamed The Flying Dutchman due to his superb speed and German heritage, was an American Major League Baseball shortstop who played in the National League from 1897 to 1917, almost entirely for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Wagner won eight batting titles, tied for the most in NL history with Tony Gwynn. He also led the league in slugging six times, and in stolen bases five times.In 1936, the Baseball Hall of Fame inducted Wagner as one of the first five members. He received the second-highest vote total, behind Ty Cobb and tied with Babe Ruth.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Story Hour

Author : Jeri Kladder
ISBN : 0786417056
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Story time at the public library is the first exposure to books outside the home for many preschool children. For the librarian, it is an exciting opportunity to instill in youngsters a love of reading and books. But coming up with new ideas that hold the children’s attention can be trying. Until now. Here are 55 tried-and-true story hour programs with a thematic approach. All are highly flexible and adaptable across the full preschool age range. Most of the ideas are arranged under one of eight specific themes that include four to eight one-hour programs: barnyard animals, the Caldecott Medal, colors, families, a storytelling feast, the five senses, reptiles and amphibians, and around the world. There are also 18 individual holiday and seasonal programs. All story hours provide ideas for name tags, suggested audiovisual materials, recommended story, poetry and song selections, additional titles and a full description of the activity.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines


Author : William Hageman
ISBN : 1571670424
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Chronicles the life and baseball career of the Pittsburgh Pirates legend who was the biggest baseball star of his day
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The T 206 Honus Wagner Caper

Author : Janet Amann
ISBN : 0898249007
Genre : Baseball cards
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Three boys try to discover who keeps trashing the baseball card collecting shop called "The Grand Slam" and why.
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When Cobb Met Wagner

Author : David Finoli
ISBN : 9780786457908
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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The 1909 World Series featured Hall of Fame players Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner and was the first championship to extend to Game Seven, the final and deciding game. This work examines the entire regular season of both the Tigers and the Pirates but pays special attention to the seven games of that World Series. Includes 54 photographs, complete club statistics, biographical and career thumbnails, box scores for each series game, and tables on the acquisition of each player as well as information on how they departed.
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