Johannes Peter “Honus” Wagner was born all the way back in 1874 and went on to play 21 seasons of Major League Baseball at the turn of the century (1897-1917) — almost all of which with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
In case you’re unfamiliar with some of his career accomplishments, allow me to lay it out for you …
- 3,415 hits (9th all-time)
- 640 doubles (10th all-time)
- 252 triples (3rd all-time)
- 722 stolen bases (10th all-time)
- 8x batting champion
- 5x NL RBI leader
- 5x NL stolen base leader
- World Series Champion
- First-ballot Hall of Famer
He accomplished all of that with a 7.6% career strikeout rate. Which, yeah … He basically *IS* the profile of player Major League Baseball is trying to bring back with all of their rule changes ahead of next season: more hits, more stolen bases, more (non-HR) extra base hits, more swings, more action.
Anyway, today, I stumbled on this absolutely incredible colorized footage of Wagner, which I believe to be from 1933, when he was 59 years old and a coach with the Pittsburgh Pirates. And I just thought you’d like to watch it.
You’ll get to see Wagner play a bit, coach a bit, talk a bit, and swing a bit. All in color. Enjoy.