Honus Wagner
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1874
Date of Death: 1955
Cause of Death: Complications resulting from a fall
Religion: Lutheran
Occupation: Professional baseball player, actor, deputy sheriff, businessman
Spouse: Bessie Baine Smith
Children: Three
Sports Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Fictional Appearances:
"One Touch of Hippolyta"
by Laura Frankos

Urban Fantasy
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference

Johannes Peter "Honus" Wagner (February 24, 1874 – December 6, 1955) was an American baseball shortstop who played 21 seasons in Major League Baseball from 1897 to 1917, almost entirely for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Wagner won his eighth (and final) batting title in 1911, a National League record that remains unbroken to this day, and matched only once, in 1997, by Tony Gwynn. In 1936, the Baseball Hall of Fame inducted Wagner as one of the first five members. He received the second-highest vote total, behind Ty Cobb and tied with Babe Ruth.

Honus Wagner's baseball card was designed and issued by the American Tobacco Company (ATC) from 1909 to 1911 as part of its T206 series. Wagner refused to allow production of his baseball card to continue; being a nonsmoker, he did not want children to buy cigarettes to get his card. The ATC ended production of the Wagner card and a total of only 50 to 200 cards were ever distributed to the public (exact number unknown), as compared to the "tens or hundreds of thousands" of T206 cards, over three years in sixteen brands of cigarettes, for any other player. Thus, the prince of Wagner's card has skyrocketed, making it one of the most expensive baseball cards of all time.

Honus Wagner in "One Touch of Hippolyta"[]


A few copies of Honus Wagner's baseball card were owned by Buzzard Rowbotham-Finch, a young victim of the 1918 Flu Pandemic. Buzzard's cache was discovered in 2015 by Elena Jimenez and Harmothoe, who used the proceeds generated by selling the cards, to found a school for underprivileged girls in Nigeria.