3. Paul Waner
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: April 16, 1903 in Harrah, OK USA
  • Weight: 153 lbs.
  • Height: 5'8"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: L
  • Debut: April 13, 1926
  • Final Game: April 26, 1945
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1927
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1927
  • Most Valuable Player - 1927
  • TSN All-Star - 1927
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1928
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1928
  • TSN All-Star - 1928
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1934
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1934
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1936
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1936
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1937
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1937
  • TSN All-Star - 1937
  • MVP - 1926
  • MVP - 1927
  • MVP - 1928
  • MVP - 1932
  • MVP - 1934
  • MVP - 1935
  • MVP - 1936
  • MVP - 1937
 
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The 1920s brought us the Home Run era that we still enjoy today, but spray hitters have never gone out of style.  One of the best was Paul Waner.

Waner learned how to bat by hitting corncobs from Oklahoma, but that is not the most unique part about developing his skills.  Waner had poor eyesight, specifically due to astigmatism, and he learned how to hit the blurry baseballs in the middle.  Unique as it was, it worked, and he tore it up in the Minors and would land a job in Pittsburgh in 1926 as their Rightfielder.

Waner had a terrific rookie year, leading the NL in Triples (22) with a .336 Batting Average.  As an MLB sophomore, Waner had his best year as a professional, topping the league in Hits (237), Triples (18), RBIs (131), and Batting Average (.380).  Waner rightfully won the MVP, and although we will argue this was his peak campaign, it was not his last excellent one.

Over the next ten years, Waner could be counted on to produce Hits, Runs, and a high Batting Average.  From his rookie year in '26 until 1937, Waner never finished a year with a Batting Average lower than .300, and he won two more Batting Titles (1934 & 1936) to add to the one he captured when he was an MVP.  Waner had nine years with over 100 Runs (including two league-leading years), was a two-time Hit leader, and two-time leader in Doubles.  He never did capture a second MVP, but he was in the top five three times.

As Waner got older, his skills slipped, and the Pirates traded him to Brooklyn during the 1940 Season.  He played five more years, but had he never played baseball after Pittsburgh, Waner would have been Cooperstown-worthy.  With the Pirates, he had 2,868 Hits, with a Batting Average of .340.

Waner was chosen for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1952, his seventh year on the ballot.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Outfield
  • Acquired: Acquired from San Francisco (PCL) as part of a Conditional Deal 10/13/25.
  • Departed:

    Released 12/5/40.

  • Games Played: 2,154
  • Notable Statistics:

    1,493 Runs Scored
    2,868 Hits
    558 Doubles
    187 Triples                     
    109 Home Runs
    1,177 RBI
    100 Stolen Bases
    .340/.407/.490 Slash Line
    70.1 bWAR                     

    4 Playoff Games
    0 Runs Scored
    5 Hits
    1 Double
    0 Triples                        
    0 Home Runs
    3 RBI
    0 Stolen Bases
    .333/.333/.400 Slash Line

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    MVP (1927)
    All-Star (1933, 1934, 1935 & 1937)
    Highest bWAR for Position Players (1926)
    Highest Offensive bWAR (1967)
    Highest Batting Average (1927, 1934 & 1936)
    Most Plate Appearances (1927)
    Most Runs Scored (1928 & 1934)
    Most Hits (1927 & 1934)
    Most Total Bases (1927)
    Most Doubles (1928 & 1932)
    Most Triples (1926 & 1927)
    Most Runs Batted In (1927)
    Most Singles (1937)
    Highest Championship Win Probability Added (1927)
    Most Putouts by a Rightfielder (1927, 1931, 1933 & 1936)
    Most Assists by a Rightfielder (1931)
    Most Double Plays Turned by a Rightfielder (1931 & 1936)
    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Rightfielder (1927 & 1931)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Rightfielder (1927, 1929, 1931 & 1934)

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