Heinie Wagner

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Charles F. Wagner

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 9", Weight 183 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Heinie Wagner was a shortstop who played almost his entire major league career for the Boston Red Sox. He also managed them one season. He appeared in the 1912 World Series, batting seventh in the lineup.

He was an above-average fielder and had an average bat. In his best year as a hitter, 1910, he hit .273 and was sixth in the American League with 26 doubles.

He was one of the youngest players in the league when he broke in with the 1902 New York Giants, and he was one of the oldest players in the league when he appeared in three games with the 1918 Boston Red Sox, who won the 1918 World Series behind the pitching of Babe Ruth and Carl Mays. he was not known as a power hitter, hitting just 10 homers in his career, but in 1907, he was the only player on the major leagues to have a two-homer game that season, doing so on August 22nd against the Detroit Tigers; they were his first two career homers, and the only two he hit that season.

He was on second base when Amby McConnell hit into the first unassisted triple play in baseball history on July 19, 1909.

Wagner's New York Times obituary says that he broke into professional ball in 1901 in the New York State League and was with the Columbus Senators in part of 1902 before coming to the majors. After he was released by the Giants, he played with the Newark Sailors and Waterbury Authors until the New York Highlanders bought him and then handed him over to the Red Sox. He was listed as an infielder on the team for the 1915, 1916, and 1918 Series, but rarely played during the regular season. (Another source says he was an "assistant manager"). He played for the Norfolk Mary Janes in the Virginia League in 1920 and finished the season as player-manager. He became a Red Sox coach in 1927.

After his professional days he was superintendent of a lumber yard and coached amateur teams.

Notable Achievements[edit]

Preceded by
Bill Carrigan
Boston Red Sox Manager
Succeeded by
Shano Collins

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1916 Hartford Senators Eastern League 19-24 -- none replaced by James Clarkin on June 28
1919 Portland Blue Sox New England League 38-27 2nd none league disbanded on August 2
1920 Norfolk Mary Janes Virginia League 4th none replaced William Schwartz
1930 Boston Red Sox American League 52-102 8th Boston Red Sox

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