Born: July 2, 1915|
East Riverton, New Jersey
Died: April 19, 1979 (aged 63)|
Riverside Township, New Jersey
|October 3, 1937 for the Philadelphia Athletics|
Last MLB appearance
|April 19, 1949 for the Philadelphia Phillies|
Career highlights and awards
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Although he played for the Athletics during the bulk of his Major League career, Wagner was the starting catcher for the 1946 Red Sox, who broke a 28-year pennant drought by capturing the American League championship by 12 games over the Tigers. Wagner platooned with right-handed batter Roy Partee and appeared in 117 of the Red Sox' 154 games. While he batted only .230 that season, he reached personal highs in home runs (six) and runs batted in (52) and was selected to the American League All-Star team for the second time (he had earlier represented Philadelphia in
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Wagner appeared in five games of the 1946 World Series, but went hitless in 13 at bats against the St. Louis Cardinals, who defeated Boston in seven games. He also went hitless in one at bat as a substitute catcher during the 1946 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The Red Sox traded him to the Tigers in May 1947 for fellow catcher Birdie Tebbetts, a native New Englander who went on to have 3½ stellar seasons for Boston.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference