August 11, 2009

Honus Wagner & Me



     When Johannes Peter Wagner babysat the late Harriette Parker in Carnegie (PA), she feared him because of his large hands, according to her daughter, Arlene Carr. Those same hands, later described as “shovel-like,” accompanied his large size, bowed legs and long arms—a combination that contributed to his clumsiness.

Johannes, who  played eighteen seasons with the Pirates—1900-1917—is featured in the play Honus Wagner & Me, (adapted from the book by Dan Gutman). My family and I attended the Mountain Playhouse (Jennerstown, PA) production of the play four days after we saw the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cleveland Indians, 3-2.

NOTE: Although this article/post is not a sporting event, it is about a renowned baseball player, Honus Wagner. Though written earlier, (semi)qualifies for a response to the June 22, 2014 WordPress daily prompt, offside: (share a) funny/harrowing/interesting memories from a sporting event you attended, participated in, or watched?

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