Friday, April 13, 2012

Little Poison debuts on PTR

Lloyd "Little Poison" Waner patrolled the Pittsburgh outfield with his brother, Paul "Big Poison" for nearly a decade in the 1920s and 1930s.  The Waner brothers have more hits than all 3 Alou brothers combined in addition to all 3 Dimaggio brothers.  The two brothers amassed 5,611 career hits between the two of them. 

He appeared in 1 All-Star game (1938) and finished his career with 2,459 hits and a batting average of .319.  Little Poison was a hitter with an extreme plate discipline.  His largest single season strikeout total was 23 in 1927 when he collected 223 hits while batting .355.  His career strikeout totals were 173 times over 8,334 plate appearances.  To put that into perspective, Mark Reynolds of the Baltimore Orioles had 196 strikeouts last year alone in only 620 plate appearances. 

Despite not having hit any of the milestone numbers, Lloyd was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1967 by the Veteran's Committee.  Sabremetrician Bill James has stated that Lloyd Waner is one of ten players elected into the HOF that don't have the statistics to warrant the enshrinement.  I strongly disagree with his assessment based on the fact of how well he hit and controlled the strike zone while batting.

It's always nice to add an autograph of a Hall of Famer to my collection, especially one that means so much to my favorite team.  Lloyd passed away in 1982 so it's very hard to find autographs of him and although it's numbered to 217 (not a very low print run for a deceased HOFer) I am very happy to add this Lloyd Waner AUTO to the ever growing Pirates Treasure Room.  I picked this up at a card show for $50 which is a steal if you ask me.

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