Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 10/25/14
On this date in 1948, Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Pie Traynor is elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He narrowly missed getting elected in 1947, falling two votes shy of the minimum 75% of the votes required to gain entrance into the Hall. Traynor played his entire career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, making his debut in September 1920 and continuing on through 1935, briefly making another five game appearance during the 1937 season. He was also the Pirates manager from 1934 until 1939. On the Pirates all-time list he ranks 9th in batting average(.320), seventh in games played(1941) sixth in runs scored(1183) tied for fourth in hits(2416) with Max Carey, sixth in doubles(371), fourth in triples(164) and fourth in RBI’s with 1273. Traynor will be joined that year in the Hall by longtime AL pitcher Herb Pennock, who passed away four weeks earlier. During the 1927 World Series, Traynor broke up a no-hit attempt by Pennock with a one out single in the 8th inning of game t...
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