Waner was one of the best pure hitters in the National League in the 1920s and 1930s, ably filling the middle portion of the Pirates’ lineup for 15 years and winning three batting titles in a Pittsburgh uniform. His batting exploits, which resulted in a .333 career average and more than 3,000 hits, led him to the Hall of Fame.
Waner’s little brother Lloyd joined him with the Bucs in 1927, playing center field while Paul manned right. That season, the older Waner won the MVP award when he led the league in batting, hits, triples, runs batted in, and total bases. He was 24 years old and he led the Pirates to the pennant, but it would be the only time he played on a pennant winning club.