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Sam Wise

Anytime a great shortstop comes along, he is compared to the greatest shortstop of them all, Honus Wagner. When Honus Wagner came along, he was compared to a great shortstop from Akron – Sam Wise. Wise, born in Akron in 1857, was the star of perhaps the greatest baseball team in Akron history – the Akrons, several of whom would later play in the big leagues. Wise himself had an 11-year big-league career between 1881 and ’93. He spent seven seasons with the Boston Red Stockings of the National League. His best year was 1887 when he batted .334, which ranked fifth in the league. Wise also played for Detroit and Washington in the NL, Buffalo of the Players League and Baltimore of the American Association. A 5-foot-10, 170-pound left-handed hitter, Wise batted .272 for his career and knocked in a career-high 102 runs in 1890. Wise died in Akron on January 22, 1910.

Inducted 1994 | Baseball