- SS, 3B, 1B
- November 11, 1898
- 170 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 9-15-1920 with PIT
- Hall of Fame:
Teams Pie Traynor Managed
Pittsburgh Pirates (1934-1939)
Where does Pie Traynor rank among baseball greats?
Pie Traynor ranks among the Top 50 all-time at 3B. Rankings
Best Season: 1923
Just 23 years old, young Pie batted .338 with 208 hits and 108 runs scored. He also batted in 101 runners, stole 28 bases, and hit 19 triples to lead the league. Traynor was the #4 batter in the Bucs lineup for most of his career, surrounded by fellow Hall of Famers Lloyd Waner, Max Carey, Kiki Cuyler, Arky Vaughan, and Paul Waner. He had other years where he batted for a higher average - but he rarely played as many games (153) as he did in '23.
Where He Played
Third base; Traynor did play 50 games at shortstop and one game at first base.
Harold Joseph Traynor was born on November 11, 1898, in Framingham, MA.
March 16, 1972, Pittsburgh, PA
Major League Debut
Traynor may have received his nickname for his favorite childhood food or when his father (a printer) one day declared that the dirty boy resembled pied type.
#20 (1932-1935, 1937)
None, though White Sox' third baseman Willie Kamm was compared to Traynor defensively.
Paul Waner, Lloyd Waner, Max Carey, Arky Vaughan
1925 World Series
1927 World Series
- July 7, 1923: Cycle...
24 games (1929)
21 games (1930)
Clyde "Pooch" Barnhart, whose bat was major league calibre, but whose glove wasn't. After Traynor supplanted Barnhart at the hot corner in 1922, Clyde was used by the Pirates as a fourth outfielder.
When Arky Vaughan emerged as the Bucs' shortstop in 1932, and slick-fielding infielder Tommy Thevenow began to knock on the door about the same time, Traynor's time was running out. By 1935, Thevenow was at third base alongside Vaughan. Thevenow never hit well enough to stay in the lineup full-time, so Bill Brubaker was given the third base job in 1936.
Best Strength as a Player
His defensive range and throwing arm.
Largest Weakness as a Player
By most accounts, Traynor was a bad-ball hitter. He never exhibited great patience at the plate, and his on-base percentages suffered from that. His batting average was the majority of his value offensively.
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