|Born: January 2, 1894|
|Died: January 11, 1951 (aged 57)|
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|July 16, 1914 for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 2, 1918 for the Boston Braves|
|Runs batted in||18|
William (Bill) Joseph Wagner (January 2, 1894 – January 11, 1951) was an American baseball catcher. He was born in 1894 in Jesup, Iowa. Wagner played five seasons in Major League Baseball and was a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1914 to 1917 and the Boston Braves in 1918. He played in 93 career games with 50 hits and 1 home run on a batting average of .207. Bill Wagner died in 1951 in Waterloo, Iowa.
Over a decade after Bill Wagner's death, a controversy arose whether he had pinch hit for teammate Honus Wagner in 1917, making him the only player to have done so. Later examination of National League archives proved the allegation incorrect.
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- "Wagner Didn't Bat for Wagner", Baseball Digest 21 (3), April 1962: 75–83
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- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
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