By William Hageman

Honus: The existence and occasions of a Baseball Hero is a biographical examine the lifestyles and occasions of the nice Honus Wagner. now not many fanatics comprehend the complete tale of Honus Wagner, and Wagner himself was once principally chargeable for the public's lack of know-how. Being notoriously shy, he declined to speak about himself or baseball to sportswriters of his time. via millions of hours of exhaustive study and interviews, plus assistance from Wagner's granddaughter, Leslie Blair, writer William Hageman used to be in a position to get the tale of the good baseball legend.

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He also stole 22 bases. 379 batting average that he left behind in Paterson stood up, giving him the Atlantic League's Page 18 batting championship in absentia. Still, he couldn't prevent Louisville from being an 11th-place team with a dismal 52-78 record. Again, changes were in order, and it didn't take long before rumors started circulating in Louisville newspapers and national publications. One had Wagner being moved to shortstop; another had him replacing the dependable Clingman at third. Still another had him being traded.

If nothing else, Wagner's 1897 season should be remembered for his hitting. It started in the spring: a three-run homer on April 6 tied an exhibition game against Newark 12-12; the next day he had two more home runs in a victory over Newark. He had a single and a double in the regular-season opener, a 9-5 victory April 26 in Hartford. And he had two triples and a double in a victory over Lancaster on May 5 that left Paterson in first place with a 5-1 record. But Wagner's most significant hitting came against Norfolk, and it had little to do with the Atlantic League race.

Peter was a believer in physical activity and "coached" his boys in track. Catherine assigned each of the boys chores around the house. At the German Lutheran school, John became the teacher's pet. The Rev. A. Dittmer, the Wagners' minister and the instructor at the school,4 took a liking to the well-behaved, studious Wagner boy. Dittmer even thought that John might have a religious calling, and talked to Peter and Catherine about their son going into the ministry. It was a career path that didn't interest John, however.

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