Born: November 11, 1899, Framingham, Massachusetts
Died: March 16, 1972, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh Pirates (1920-1935, 1937)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1948
The pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates during the 1920s and '30s, Harold Pie Traynor was a superior third baseman and a skillful hitter. He batted .320 during his 17-year career, hit .300 or better 10 times, and never struck out more than 28 times in a season. Originally a shortstop, he became one of the top fielding third basemen in history. Traynor recorded 2,288 putouts, 6,134 chances and 308 double plays at the hot corner. Considered by John McGraw as the finest team player in the game, he received his nickname because of his fondness for pastry as a child.