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Oklahoma City in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
 

Paul Glee Waner

April 16, 1903 - August 29, 1965

 

— Oklahoma Centennial '07 —

 
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By Jason Voigt, April 9, 2021
1. Paul Glee Waner Marker
Inscription.  Paul "Big Poison" Waner was an immediate major league sensation when he joined the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1926. That first season, the Harrah, Oklahoma, native hit .336, led the National League in triples with 22 and played right field with only eight errors.

In 1927, Paul sparked the Pirates' pennant drive, leading the league with a 380 batting average, 131 runs batted in and 237 hits, and winning the National League Most Valuable award. A major feature of the 1927 World Series was the batting contest between the Waners (Paul and brother Lloyd) and the Yankees' Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig won by the Waners' with a combined .367 average to Ruth and Gehrig's .357.

Waner's extra bases and almost flawless fielding could be attributed to his dazzling speed. Paul led National League outfielders in double plays in 1931 and 1936, and still shares the record for hitting the most doubles in a game (4).

Paul led the league in batting average in 1934 and 1936, and finished his 20-year major league career in 1945 with a lifetime average of 333. He was named to the Sporting News Major League All-Star Team in 1927, 1928 and 1937,
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By Jason Voigt, April 9, 2021
2. Paul Glee Waner Marker
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and was enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1952. He and Lloyd are the only brothers in the Hall of Fame. Both were inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Sports. A significant historical year for this entry is 1926.
 
Location. 35° 27.912′ N, 97° 30.539′ W. Marker is in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in Oklahoma County. Marker is on South Mickey Mantle Drive north of Johnny Bench Drive, on the left when traveling south. Marker is underneath a statue/bust, next to others outside Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 S Mickey Mantle Dr, Oklahoma City OK 73104, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lloyd James Waner (here, next to this marker); Carl Owen Hubbell (here, next to this marker); Wilber Joe Rogan (here, next to this marker); John L.R. "Pepper" Martin (here, next to this marker); Bobby Murcer (here, next to this marker); Allie Pierce Reynolds (here, next to this marker); William B. Tietgens (a few steps from this marker); Johnny Bench (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oklahoma City.
 
Also see . . .
1. Paul Waner on Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 10, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
2. Paul Waner (Baseball-reference.com). A complete history of his playing
Paul Glee Waner Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, April 9, 2021
3. Paul Glee Waner Marker
Marker/bust is the third from the right. All are outside Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
statistics. (Submitted on June 10, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 

3. Paul Waner (Baseball Hall of Fame). (Submitted on June 10, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 10, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 57 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 10, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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