Honus Wagner is considered by many to be baseball's greatest
all-around player. The Pittsburgh Pirates' shortstop was a sensational
hitter, a brilliant base-runner and a flawless fielder. He broke into
the majors by hitting .344 in 1897 and put together 17 consecutive .300 seasons.
He was the NL batting champion for eight of those 17 seasons with a lifetime
average of .329.
One of the first five players inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame,
he led the league in stolen bases on six occasions, finishing his career with a total of 722
Wagner retired with more hits, runs, RBI, doubles, triples, games and
steals than any other National League player.
After his career as a player, Honus became a manager for his longtime
team, the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Honus Wagner baseball card, one of the most valuable in existence
today, was recalled in 1909. At the time, the cards were distributed along
with tobacco; Wagner, a nonsmoker, objected to being included in the promotion
because he did not want to set a bad example for children.