Honus Wagner’s Short Stint as Pirates Skipper in a Forgettable Final Season

By Gregory H. Wolf

This article was published in the 2018 The National Pastime.

Honus Wagner served as the Pittsburgh Pirates' interim manager for an inglorious four days and five games in 1917. When he was finally relieved of his duties, liberated from a task he never really wanted, Wagner was able to settle into his role as the grand old man of the national pastime and continue his farewell tour in his 21st season. Honus Wagner, or Hans as he was almost universally called, was relieved the season was over. His 20th campaign . . .

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