THE PITTSBURGH PIRATES - COLLECTION WITH ARKY VAUGHAN, PAUL "BIG POISON" WANER, WOODY JENSEN, GUS SUHR, THOMAS J. THEVENOW, ADAM COMOROSKY, FRED LINDSTROM, GEORGE "MOON" GIBSON, EARL GRACE, DOC CRANDALL AND OTHERS - HFSID 90946
Sale Price $3,400.00
PITTSBURGH PIRATES: 1933
Amazing collection of signatures from the Pirates
Signatures: "Ralph Birkofer", "Leon Chagnon", "Adam Comorosky", "Doc Crandall", "Hal Finney", "Larry French", "To my/Little friend/Pete Lear/from Gibby", "Earl Grace", "Bill Harris", "Grover Hartley", "Waite C. Hoyt", "Woody Jensen", "Fred Lindstrom", "Heine Meine", "Leo Nonnenkamp", "Val Picinich", "Tony Piet", "Hal Smith", "Gus Suhr", "Steve Swetonic", "Bill Swift", "Tommy Thevenow" "Harold 'Pie' Traynor", "Floyd Vaughan", "J. Honus Wagner", "Lloyd Waner", "Paul Waner" and "Floyd Young". The way the powerful Pittsburgh Pirates were swinging the bat in 1933, they seemed unbeatable. However, the Pirates finished second in the National League that year to the New York Giants. Pittsburgh out-hit New York .285 to .263 for the season, but the big difference between winning and losing the pennant was the pitching. The Pirates had a good pitching staff, with their top thrower, LARRY FRENCH, placing second in the league in games pitched, with an ERA of 2.72 and a solid 18 wins. And the dependable HEINE MEINE finished third in winning percentage (.652) and had a win-loss record of 15 and 8. But Pittsburgh lacked a real stopper, like New York's Carl Hubbell, who led the league in wins (23), shutouts (10) and ERA (1.66). As a team, the Pittsburgh Pirates out-slugged the league. With the legendary HONUS WAGNER as batting coach, seven players hit over .300 for the year. Wagner had finished out his 21-year career (1897-1917) with a lifetime batting average of .329. He had won eight National League batting titles and averaged 83 runs and 82 RBI per year. Wagner was instrumental in the development of shortstop ARKY VAUGHAN. A career .318 hitter, Vaughan batted .314 in 1933, led the league in triples and finished among the top five in slugging average (.478), total bases (274) and RBI (97). PIE TRAYNOR, the great contact hitter, batted .304 and had another golden year with his glove, leading the National League in putouts (176) at his position. The popular third baseman became player-manager for the Pirates in 1934, and continued on as manager until 1939. The WANER Brothers were one of baseball's most potent brother combinations. PAUL was the oldest and the better hitter, but not my much. LLOYD was a consistent .300 hitter, and though he struggled with a .276 batting average in 1933, he would play 14 years in the outfield with Paul and the Pirates. Paul Waner was an awesome player at the plate, with a .309 average for the year, while amassing 191 hits, 282 total bases, 101 runs-scored and 16 triples. He completed his career with a total of 3,152 hits. Second baseman TONY PIET had a great year with the Pirates, finishing third in the National League with a .323 batting average. Centerfielder FRED LINDSTROM batted .310 and placed third in the league with 39 doubles. TOMMY THEVENOW, a utility infielder, hit a .312 for the year. Fine condition. Framed in Gallery of History style: 32½x28.
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