Sunday, October 02, 2005

On February 24, 1874 John Peter "Honus" Wagner was born in Mansfield, Pa. (I've actually been there.) When he grew up, he was drafted by the Pirates. (My favorite team growing up.) In 1936, he was one of the first 5 people to be elected into the Hall of Fame. He also was an 8 time National League Batting champion. Honus played for 20 years, and was nicknamed the "The Flying Dutchman." Honus thought that one of the best plays he ever made was a pickoff double play. Honus Wagner played into his 40's, which is old for any sports player to still be playing. On December 6, 1955 he died. He lived to be 81 years old.

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