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Born on March 16, 1906, Lloyd James Waner and his brother Paul were born and raised in Harrah, Oklahoma. Because their father was a minor league pitcher in Oklahoma City, the brothers were raised in the game of baseball. Lloyd earned a spot on the Pittsburgh Pirates with the help of Paul in 1927. In his rookie season alone, Lloyd batted a .355 and led the National League with 133 runs scored. He played center field next to his brother in right field. The two were nicknamed “Big Poison” and “Little Poison” and still hold the career record for hits by brothers with 5,611. They have more hits than the three Alou brothers and the three DiMaggio brothers. Lloyd was voted an All-Star in 1938 and finished in the top 10 in MVP voting twice. He moved around between the Boston Braves, Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, and Brooklyn Dodgers before finishing his career back with the Pirates in 1945 with a career batting average of .316. He remained in the League as a scout for the Pirates and the Baltimore Orioles. In 1967 he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He passed away in 1982 at the age of 76 in Oklahoma City.
His sculpture sits next to his brother’s in the Oklahoma City Bricktown Ballpark, both sculpted by Jim Franklin, a fellow Oklahoman.
2 S Mickey Mantle Dr, Oklahoma City, OK
Medium type: Bronze
Date created: 2007