1935-36 Diamond Match Co. HOF PAUL “Big Poison” WANER Pittsburgh Pirates


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A fine example of the Diamond Match set, this matchbook has amazing corners and edges for its age.

The Hall of Fame outfielder was known as “Big Poison,” with brother Lloyd being “Little Poison.” From the first year he played, 1926, through 1937, Waner never hit below .309. He averaged .348 and even received MVP votes as a rookie when he batted .336. The year this card came out, he hit .373.

After 1937, he only hit .300 twice, the last coming when he was 40 years old and playing part-time with Brooklyn. Waner also played for the Boston Braves and Yankees.

After being released in 1945, he hooked up with the “C” League Miami Sun Sox at age 43 and batted .325.

Historically, he is among the Top 10 in triples. In the field, his exploits in right field remain legendary. He remains in the Top 3 in games played and double plays among right fielders. He’s No.1 in fielding percentage and putouts. Plus, he’s No. 4 in assists.