Waner, Lloyd

Lloyd James Waner
Born: March 16, 1906, Harrah, Oklahoma
Died: July 22, 1982, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Played For: 
Pittsburgh Pirates (1927-1941, 1944-45), Boston Braves (1941), Cincinnati Reds (1941), Philadelphia Phillies (1942), Brooklyn Dodgers (1944)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1967

Although Lloyd Waner weighed only 150 pounds, he was an all-around player who could hit, field, throw, steal and beat opponents in countless ways. Little Poison batted .355 in his National League debut while garnering 223 hits, the latter figure establishing a National League rookie record that wasn't broken until the 21st century. The Pirates legend hit over .300 in 10 of his first 12 seasons, compiled a career mark of .316 and accumulated 2,459 hits, striking out just 173 times in 18 seasons. A pesky slap-hitter, Waner was one of the fastest runners of his era in going from home to first.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that from April 24 through Sept. 16, 1941, Lloyd Waner set a National League record by playing in 77 straight games without striking out?
He is a better player than me and can spot me 25 feet and then beat me in a sprint. A batter's got to knock a fly over the fence to keep him from reaching it, and he doesn't miss 'em either.
Paul Waner