Branch Rickey Called Honus Wagner the Greatest Baseball Player

Baseball genius Branch Rickey once called Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Honus Wagner the greatest player ever.  Wagner was in the first class of Hall of Fame inductees.  The bow-legged infielder was not the most graceful player, but he was very efficient.  Wagner led the National League in fielding 4 times.  He also led the NL in batting 8 times and hit over .300 fifteen consecutive seasons using a wooden bat.  He won 6 slugging crowns and retired as the all-time major league leader in hits, runs, RBIs, steals, and total bases.  Wagner also set marks for singles, doubles, and triples.  Ty Cobb was Wagner’s chief competitor for the best player in baseball, but Wagner out did him in the1909 World Series.  Wagner led the Pirates to victory, and he had 6 stolen bases to Cobb’s 2.  After that Series, Cobb’s teammate “Wahoo” Sam Crawford said, “Wagner is the greatest player who ever lived.” 

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