Paul Glee Waner, nicknamed Big Poison, was an American professional baseball right fielder who played in Major League Baseball for four teams between 1926 and 1945, most notably playing his first 15 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The greatest Pirate outfielder up to his retirement, he won the 1927 NL Most Valuable Player Award in his second season, collecting a team record 237 hits that year. Waner set the team record for doubles in a season three times, including in 1932 when he set the NL record for doubles in a season with 62. In the only postseason appearance of his career, he hit.333 in the Pirates’ 1927 World Series loss against the New York Yankees. Waner won three National League batting titles, led the NL in hits twice and collected over 200 hits in eight seasons from 1926 to 1934. On June 19, 1942, Waner became the seventh member of the 3,000 hit club, with a single off of Rip Sewell.
About Paul Waner
MLB outfielder who batted .333 and collected 3,152 hits during his 20-year career.
He played baseball despite his parents’ desire for him to become a teacher.
He won the National League’s Most Valuable Player Award in 1927.
His younger brother Lloyd was also a terrific player who collected 2,459 hits during his career.
The Pittsburgh Pirates retired his jersey along with the number 21 jersey worn by Hall of Fame right fielder Roberto Clemente.
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- 3,000 hit club – The 3,000 hit club is the group of batters who have collected 3,000 or more regular-season hits in their careers in Major League Baseball. Cap Anson was the first to do so, although his precise career hit total is unclear.
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