Bill Wagner

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Bill Wagner
Born: (1894-01-02)January 2, 1894
Jesup, Iowa
Died: January 11, 1951(1951-01-11) (aged 57)
Waterloo, Iowa
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 16, 1914, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
September 2, 1918, for the Boston Braves
MLB statistics
Batting average .207
Home runs 1
Runs batted in 18

William (Bill) Joseph Wagner (January 2, 1894 – January 11, 1951) was an American baseball catcher. He was born in 1894 in Jesup, Iowa. Wagner played five seasons in Major League Baseball and was a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1914 to 1917 and the Boston Braves in 1918. He played in 93 career games with 50 hits and 1 home run on a batting average of .207. Bill Wagner died in 1951 in Waterloo, Iowa.

Over a decade after Bill Wagner's death, a controversy arose whether he had pinch hit for teammate Honus Wagner in 1917, making him the only player to have done so. Later examination of National League archives proved the allegation incorrect.[1]


  1. ^ "Wagner Didn't Bat for Wagner", Baseball Digest, 21 (3): 75–83, April 1962 

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