Bound to his native Pittsburgh as if by some unwritten code of honor, Honus Wagner remained in the Steel City from his retirement in 1917 until his death in 1955. Heartbroken over the death of his stillborn daughter in 1918, Wagner signed on as the “Physical Director” at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, where he appeared in this 1922 408-page edition of The Thistle. Wagner is listed on page 195 as coach of the baseball team. Covers and crisp pages remain intact. More on our website.
The leather-bound volume presents nicely with minor edge/corner wear about the covers and spine (as well as a small cut on the spine). The original recipient’s name appears in gilded lettering on the front cover. The crisp pages remain pristine. Near the front, a dedication page to astronomer and former school trustee John Brashaer remains, as does the glassine covering. The back (blank) page is decorated with period signatures of fraternity members. In his “Physical Director” capacity, Wagner served as a coach for both the baseball and basketball teams. True to his Pittsburgh roots, Wagner later worked for the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office before becoming a coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1933 through 1951.