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Lloyd Waner
#10 | Center fielder | Pittsburgh Pirates


Lloyd James Waner: "Little Poison"

Lloyd Waner

     One of the most overrated players in the big leagues, never mind the Hall of Fame.  Lloyd, known as "Little Poison," batted .355 as a rookie, stroking 223 hits - a mark that still sets the standard for freshman.  In his next two seasons, he convinced everyone that he was as good as his big brother, Paul Waner.  After that, he enjoyed a pretty average career, but the impression of greatness stuck.

 

     He hit over .300 in 10 of his first 12 seasons, compiled a career mark of .316 and accumulated 2,459 hits.  Still, his lifetime .393 slugging percentage is quite ordinary for the lively 1930s and 1940s in which he played, and pales when compared to brother Paul's lifetime .473 mark - it is also the lowest of any Hall of Fame centerfielder in the Hall of Fame, save only that of another Pirate, Max Carey, who played in the dead ball era and was a superb defensive outfielder and base thief.  Little Waner's career OBA of .353 is decent, though the lowest of any Hall of Fame center fielder and 50 points shy of his brother's career mark.

 

     A slap hitter, he was one of the fastest in the National League going from home to first during his heyday.  Waner was an accomplished centerfielder. His arm was not outstanding, but he led the league in putouts four times, using his excellent speed to cover the spacious Forbes Field outfield.

 

 

Picture from National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc.


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