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All graded cards will be secured with rigid cardboard inserts. From the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, who ranks Traynor as the 6th best Pirates player of all time. He knocked in 1,273 runs over his career and hit. 346 to help the Pirates beat Walter Johnson and the Washington Senators in a seven-game World Series in 1925.
Defensively, he was even better, "like looking over Da Vinci's shoulder" wrote columnist Red Smith. But Traynor may have been best appreciated when seen through the light of three facts.
He was the first third baseman elected to the Hall of Fame (and still one of only five to be voted in by the Baseball Writers' Association of America). He was the third baseman on MLB's all-time team announced in 1969 to coincide with the game's centennial. And, finally, more than six decades after he retired and more than three decades after he died, enough was still thought of his skills that he was one of six third basemen on MLB's all-century team ballot in 1999.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Born: November 11, 1898 Framingham, Massachusetts. Died: March 16, 1972 (aged 73) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. September 15, 1920 for the Pittsburgh Pirates. August 14, 1937 for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Harold Joseph "Pie" Traynor (November 11, 1898 - March 16, 1972) was an American. He played his entire Major League Baseball. Career (1920-37) as a third baseman. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.Following the Second World War, Traynor was often cited as the greatest third baseman in Major League Baseball history. In recent years his reputation has diminished, with the modern-era careers of third basemen such as Eddie Mathews. Moving to the forefront in the memories of baseball fans. Traynor was born in Framingham, Massachusetts. To parents who had emigrated from Canada.
He received his nickname as a child in Somerville, Massachusetts. Because he frequented a grocery store and often asked for pie. The store owner called him "Pie Face", which was later shortened to Pie by his friends. Traynor began his playing career in 1920. He was asked by a Boston Braves.To work out with the team at Braves Field. But, the scout forgot to tell the Braves manager George Stallings. Stallings proceeded to run Traynor off the field, telling him not to return.
Traynor made his major league debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates at the age of 21 on September 15, 1920. Appearing in 17 games that season. He appeared in 10 games for the Pirates in 1921. But spent the majority of the season playing for the Birmingham Barons.
In 131 games for the Barons, but his defense was still a problem as he committed 64 errors. Traynor became the Pirates regular third baseman in 1922. 282 batting average with 81 runs batted in.
Following the advice of Rogers Hornsby. He began using a heavier bat. And blossomed into one of the National League's. 300 for the first time with a. 338 batting average along with 12 home runs.And 101 runs batted in. With tutoring provided by team-mate Rabbit Maranville. His defense also began to improve, leading National League third basemen in putouts. 320 average with six home runs, 106 runs batted in and led the league in fielding percentage. As the Pirates won the National League pennant. By eight and a half games over the New York Giants. In the 1925 World Series.
347 including a home run off future Hall of Fame pitcher. As the Pirates defeated the Washington Senators. Traynor ended the season eighth in Most Valuable Player Award. His 41 double plays in 1925, set a National League record for third basemen that stood for 25 years.
The Pirates won the pennant again in 1927. 342 with five home runs and 106 runs batted in, but they would lose to the New York Yankees. In the 1927 World Series. In November of that year, members of the Baseball Writers Association of America.Selected him as the third baseman for the 1927 all-star major league team. 337 and produced a career-high 124 runs batted in during the 1928. Season despite hitting only 3 home runs and, finished in sixth place in the National League Most Valuable Player Award balloting. He continued to be a cornerstone for the Pirates, posting a.
356 batting average in 1929. Major League Baseball held its inaugural All-Star Game. And, Traynor was selected as a reserve player for the National League team.Traynor's last full season was in 1934. 300 for the ninth time in ten seasons, and was named as the starting third baseman for the National League in the 1934 All-Star Game. During the 1934 season, his throwing arm was injured in a play at home plate. And his defense began to suffer as a result. Traynor played his final game on August 14, 1937. In a 17 year major league career, Traynor played in 1941 games. In 7,559 at bats. 320 career batting average along with 58 home runs, 1,273 runs batted in and an on base percentage. Traynor was not a home run hitter - he reached a high of 12 in 1923 - but had high numbers of doubles and triples, hitting 371 doubles and 164 triples lifetime and leading the league in triples in 1923, with 19. 300 ten times and, had over 100 runs batted in (RBI) in a season seven times. Among major league third basemen, his seven seasons with more than 100 runs batted in is second only to the nine seasons by Mike Schmidt.
Is the only other third baseman in history to match Traynor's five consecutive seasons with more than 100 runs batted in. He had 208 hits in 1923, and was the last Pirate infielder with 200 or more hits until shortstop Jack Wilson. Who had 201 hits in 2004. Only 278 times in his career. Traynor was considered the best fielding third baseman of his era, leading the National League in fielding percentage.His 2,289 putouts ranks him fifth all-time among third basemen. His 1,863 games played at third base was a major league record that would stand until 1960. When it was surpassed by Eddie Yost. Traynor is also the only Major League Baseball player ever to steal home plate. Traynor finished in the top ten in voting for the National League's Most Valuable Player Award six times during his career. Traynor became the Pirates player-manager. He retired as an active player after the 1937. Season, but continued on as the Pirates manager. He almost won another pennant as a manager in 1938. As the Pirates led the National League for most of the season before faltering to the Chicago Cubs. In the famous Homer in the Gloamin. The loss of the pennant devastated Traynor. He seemed to lose confidence in his team and, after a sixth place finish in 1939.
He resigned after five seasons as the manager of the Pirates. Pie Traynor's number 20 was retired. After spending time as a scout.
For the Pirates, Traynor eventually took a job as a sports director for a Pittsburgh radio station in 1944. His radio broadcasts became popular with Pittsburgh sports fans and he remained at the job for 21 years.Traynor retired from broadcasting in 1965. Traynor was selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Being the first third baseman to be chosen by the Baseball Writers Association of America. As part of the observance of the centennial of professional baseball, Traynor was named the third baseman on Major League Baseball's all-time team. He threw out the first pitch of Game 3 of the 1971 World Series.
At the age of 73 not long after the Pirates moved into Three Rivers Stadium and retired his uniform number 20. Traynor was buried in Homewood Cemetery. He ranked number 70 on The Sporting News.
List of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, and was nominated as a finalist for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. Ranked Traynor 15th all-time among third baseman in his Historical Baseball Abstract. One notable difference between modern players and players from Traynor's era, was the difference in baseball gloves. While modern players use webbed gloves, players during Traynor's era used gloves whose primary function was protection of the hands. Instead of using his glove to backhand balls hit to his right, Traynor often snared them with his bare throwing hand.This item is in the category "Sports Mem, Cards & Fan Shop\Sports Trading Cards\Trading Card Singles". The seller is "iconsportscards" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.