- Honus Wagner was born Johannes Peter Wagner on Feb. 24, 1874.
Wagner made his major league debut in 1897. He batted .344 his first year.
During his career, Wagner played shortstop for the Louisville Colonels and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Wagner's nicknames include "The Flying Dutchman," "Hans" and "Honus."
Wagner batted .300 in 17 consecutive seasons, finishing his career with a .329 lifetime average.
Wagner was batting champion for the National League seven times.
Leading the league six times, Wagner stole 722 bases during his 21-year career.
Wagner retired with more hits, runs, RBIs, doubles, triples and stolen bases than any other National League player.
After retiring, Wagner became manager of his old team, the Pittsburgh Pirates.
In 1936, Wagner was among the first five players to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.