Pie Traynor

Pie Traynor

SS, 3B, 1B
November 11, 1898
170 lbs
Major League Debut:
9-15-1920 with PIT
Hall of Fame:

Pie Traynor

Pie Traynor

The original "Mr. Pirate," Pie Traynor served for the Bucs as player, manager, sportscaster, and scout for more than half a century. He was the greatest defensive third baseman of his time, and he consistently batted .300, finishing in the top ten in batting in the National League six times. Most experts considered him the finest third baseman of the first half of the 20th century.

Career Batting Stats
1941 7559 2416 1183 58 1273 158 .320 .435 .362 .797 108.7

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
Sept 15,1920

Nine Other Players Who Debuted in 1920
Pie Traynor
Joe Sewell
Marty McManus
Bob Meusel
Bibb Falk
Eddie Rommel
Zack Taylor
Sammy Hale
Slim Harriss

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.


Uniform Numbers
#20 (1932-1935, 1937)


Similar Players
None, though White Sox' third baseman Willie Kamm was compared to Traynor defensively.


Related Players
Paul Waner, Lloyd Waner, Max Carey, Arky Vaughan


Hall of Fame Voting
Year Election Votes Pct
1938 BBWAA 3 1.1%
1939 BBWAA 10 3.6%
1942 BBWAA 45 19.3%
1945 BBWAA 81 32.8%
1946 BBWAA 53 20.2%
1946 Nominating Vote 65 32.2%
1947 BBWAA 119 73.9%
1948 BBWAA 93 76.9%

Post-Season Appearances
1925 World Series
1927 World Series


Batting Feats

  • July 7, 1923: Cycle...

Hitting Streaks
24 games (1929)
21 games (1930)

All-Star Selections
1933 NL
1934 NL

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.

Replaced By
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.

Baseball History, Bill McKechnie, Branch Rickey, George Gibson, George Stallings, Glenn Wright, Hall of Fame, John McGraw, Kiki Cuyler, Max Carey, Pie Traynor, Pittsburg Miners, Pittsburgh Pirates, Rabbit Maranville
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