Big and Little Poison: Paul and Lloyd Waner, Baseball Brothers

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They became known as the "Waner Wonders. The Yankees won the Series in four games, but the Waners combined for a.

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Jackson Kaline Keeler Kelley K. Although the brothers were very close, they were opposites in many ways. Waner owned a batting cage in Harmarville, east of Pittsburgh, and worked there with rookie Pirates shortstop Dick Groat. More than half a century after retiring, they still rank as the best-hitting brothers in major league history with a combined 5, hits more than the three Alou brothers, more than the three DiMaggio brothers, and 1, more than the five Delahanty brothers. At the bottom of the article, feel free to list any sources that support your changes, so that we can fully understand their context. Rizzo was the spark the club needed when Waner and first baseman Gus Suhr struggled offensively. He signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers on January 31,

When the series ended, the Waners joined Ruth and Gehrig on a sixteen-week vaudeville circuit, with Paul playing the saxophone and Lloyd playing a violin. According to one legend, they acquired their nicknames in Brooklyn, where Paul was called the Big Person and Lloyd was called the Little Person, but it came out Poison in the Brooklyn accent.

Both were small and speedy, but Paul had slightly more power. He hit career doubles, triples, and home runs.

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He wound up with a. He had 2, hits when the season began and struggled through fifty-two games for the Boston Braves in an effort to reach 3, On June 17 he hit a sharp grounder that Cincinnati shortstop Eddie Joost stopped but could not hold. The scorekeeper signaled a hit, and the crowd roared to salute the 3,th hit, but Waner stood on first base and shouted, "No, no, no.

The scorekeeper reluctantly reversed his decision. Two days later Waner ripped a clean single for the record.

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The Waner brothers, Paul and Lloyd--also known as "Big Poison" and "Little Poison"--played together for fourteen seasons in the same Pittsburgh outfield in the. Editorial Reviews. Review. "One of the better crafted baseball bios I have read an extremely well-written and researched biography." --The Diamond Angle.

Paul Waner also played for the Dodgers, the Braves, and the Yankees and after retiring in worked as a batting coach. He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in He died on August 29, , in Florida.

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Lloyd Waner set a major league record of hits in his rookie year and led the National League in singles in , , , and , setting a league record. At five feet, eight inches tall and pounds, he often ran for hits on ground balls to the infield.

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He was chosen for the National League All-Star team in After retiring from active play in , Lloyd Waner scouted for Pittsburgh and Baltimore until Returning to Oklahoma, he worked as a foreman for the City of Oklahoma City, where he died on July 22, A Contact Hitter. Lloyd again hit. He hit over. An outfielder with his brother, he was known as one of the best leadoff hitters of his era. He had exceptional speed and a good eye at the plate, striking out only times in his 7, times at bat.

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He played with the Pirates through the season, then played briefly for the Boston Braves, Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies and Brooklyn Dodgers before closing his career with the Pirates in Waner contended that the ''Poison'' nicknames started when a New York sportswriter with a Brooklyn accent called the brothers ''a big person and a little person. After retiring as a player, Mr. Waner worked as a Pirates scout from to and scouted for the Baltimore Orioles in He worked as a field clerk with the Oklahoma City government from until retiring in View on timesmachine.

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