Honus Wagner Net Worth

How much is Honus Wagner worth?

Net Worth:$2 Million
Profession:Professional Baseball Manager
Date of Birth:February 24, 1874
Country:United States of America
Height:
1.8 m

About Honus Wagner

American baseball shortstop Honus Wagner had a net worth of $2 million dollars at the time of his death, in 1955. Wagner played 21 seasons in Major League Baseball from 1897 to 1917, almost entirely for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • Born: Feb. 24, 1897
  • Hometown: Chartiers, Pa.
  • Died: Dec. 6, 1955
  • Teams: Louisville Colonels (1897-99), Pittsburgh Pirates (1900-17)
  • Height: 5-11
  • Weight: 200 pounds
  • Bats: Right
  • Throws: Right
  • Family: Wife, Bessie; three daughters, Elva, Betty and Virginia
  • Primary position: Shortstop

On April 20, 2012, a New Jersey resident purchased a VG-3 graded T206 Wagner card for more than $1.2 million. On April 6, 2013, a 1909–11 T206 baseball card featuring Honus Wagner sold at auction for $2.1 million.

Before the Bigs:

  • Born to German immigrants Peter and Katheryn Wagner, he was one of nine children.
  • Dropped out of school at age 12 to help his family by working in the coal mines. In his spare time, he and his brothers played sandlot baseball
  • Brother Albert “Butts” Wagner had a brief major league career and persuaded his manager to look at his younger brother, which is how Honus got his start in professional baseball.
  • Honus Wagner spent two seasons in the minor leagues, playing for five teams in the Atlantic League in Paterson, N.J.

Career Highlights:

  • Eight-time National League batting champion with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He also had three seasons where he hit .341, .353 and .363 and did not win the batting title.
  • Hit .335 in his first season (1897), .299 his second season and then batted .300 or better for the next 15 years (1899-1913). Finished with a career batting average of .328.
  • Six times he led the National League in total bases, including twice when he surpassed the 300-mark and six times he led the league in slugging average.
  • Had 723 career stolen bases, leading the National League five different seasons.
  • Played in at least 114 games in all but his first and last seasons in the major leagues. Had 11,748 plate appearances in his 21 seasons.
  • Was not known as a power hitter, and his career best was 10 home runs (1898, 1908) during the dead-ball era of baseball. In all but one of his 21 seasons, he finished with more triples than home runs. Had 252 career triples compared to 101 homers.
  • Never won an MVP, but finished in top 10 of MVP voting on three occasions – second in 1912, third in 1911 and eighth in 1913.The award wasn’t established until 1911, when Wagner was 37.
  • In 1905, he was the first player to ever have his signature branded into a Louisville Slugger bat.
  • Played in two World Series with the Pirates (1903 and 1909). He hit .222 in the series that the Pirates lost five games to three (best of nine series). In 1909, the Pirates won the series over Detroit in a battle of league batting leaders in Wagner and the Tigers’ Ty Cobb. That marked the first time batting champions had opposed each other in a World Series.
  • His 21-year career included 18 years with the Pirates after his first three sesons with the NL’s Louisville Colonels, who disbanded in 1899.
  • On June 9, 1914, Wagner, at age 40, recorded his 3,000th career hit to become just the second player in baseball history to reach that figure. That season, Wagner finished with a .252 average, the lowest batting average of his career.
  • In July the following year, Wagner became the oldest player to hit a grand slam. It was a record that stood for 70 years until 43-year-old Tony Perez passed him in 1985. Julio Franco now holds the record (age 46).
  • In 1916, he became the oldest player to hit an inside-the-park home run.
  • He ended a brief retirement on June 6, 1917 to return to the Pirates. Three weeks later, he was also named manager of the Pirates. That lasted just five games as he returned to being a full-time player for the rest of his final season.

After retirement:

  • Went on to play an additional seven seasons of semi-pro ball in the Pittsburgh area.
  • When he retired, he held the NL record for most career singles (2,427), a mark that stood until 1980 when Pete Rose eclipsed it. He also had the NL record of 3,430 hits (later revised to 3,418), that lasted for 45 years until Stan Musial bettered it in 1962.
  • In 1933, Wagner rejoined the Pirates as a coach and goodwill ambassador. He remained in that position for the next 19 years, retiring in 1952 at age 77.
  • Was one of the first five players (along with Cobb, Babe Ruth, Walter Johnson and Christy Mathewson) to be elected to the first class of the Hall of Fame (1936). He tied Ruth for the second-most votes, trailing only Cobb.
  • Seven months before he died, a statue of Wagner was built just outside of Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. There is now a statue at the home-plate entrance of PNC Park.
  • He died in Carnegie, Pa., at age 81 and was buried in Jefferson Memorial Park in Pittsburgh. Wagner died two days after the death of Cy Young.
  • His baseball card is among the most treasured pieces of sports memorabilia in the world, as there were only 60 to 200 cards ever distributed. A Honus Wagner baseball card was purchased on eBay in 2000 for a record $1.1 million. Wagner did not endorse the idea in 1909 of his picture being put on a baseball card because it was sponsored by a tobacco company and he was against smoking, even though he chewed tobacco. Another Wagner card was sold for more than $1.2 million in 2012.

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