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Pie Traynor Declared Baseball’s Greatest Third Baseman

Published by on June 3, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

For many years, Pie Traynor was considered the greatest of all third basemen. In 1969, as part of baseball's centennial celebration, he was named the greatest third baseman in baseball history.

Pie Traynor Was an Outstanding Defensive Player

Pie Traynor made his major league debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates near the end of the 1920 season at shortstop, but was soon moved to third base.

He had lightning-quick reflexes, an accurate throwing arm, and was as good as Brooks Robinson, Scott Brosius, or Billy Cox at fielding bunts.

At Traynor's Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 1948, Branch Rickey praised Traynor.

"He was a mechanically perfect third baseman, a man of intelle...

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