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Honus Wagner - Chronology

Famous Sports StarsBaseballHonus Wagner Biography - Born In Western Pennsylvania, Breaks Into Major Leagues, Retires From The Pirates In 1917, Chronology


1874 Born in Mansfield, Pennsylvania, on February 24
1886 Begins work in the coal mines at the age of 12
1894 Plays with older brother Al for Mansfield in the semipro Allegheny League
1895 Breaks into professional baseball, playing for Steubenville (OH) in Inter-State League
1896 Signs to play first base for Paterson (NJ) in the Atlantic League
1897 Makes major league debut playing center field for Louisville on July 19
1900 Joins Pittsburgh Pirates after Louisville folds
1901 Begins playing shortstop, position for which he would become famous
1909 Leads Pirates to victory over the Detroit Tigers and Ty Cobb in the World Series
1916 Marries Bessie Baine Smith
1928 Loses electoral race for Allegheny County Sheriff
1933 Becomes a coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates
1942 Appointed deputy country sheriff
1955 Dies in Carnegie, Pennsylvania, on December 6

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