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Wagner museum takes more prominent space

CARNEGIE, Pa. — The Honus Wagner Museum has been moved by the Historical Society of Carnegie from a small, first-floor room at its headquarters in the Husler Building, 1 W. Main St., into a larger, more prominent space near the front entrance. Dan McGrogan, president of the historical society said most of the original artifacts are still at the museum, “but the museum needed to be refreshed and updated.

Among the items in the collection are vintage photographs of Wagner as a legend with the Pittsburgh Pirates; a copy of one of Wagner’s baseball contracts. The photographs were donated by Wagner to the Carnegie Elks Lodge.

“We wanted people to see the photographs and other items, and we thought the Historical Society would be the best place,” said Lloyd Ebler, secretary of the Elks Lodge, who added the group’s building on Elk Avenue no longer had space to store the material.

Visitors to the museum can see a baseball signed by Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth to commemorate Mr. Wagner’s 1936 induction into the Hall of Fame. Wagner was one of the five players inducted in the Hall’s first class in 1936. His vote total was tied for second with Babe Ruth, while Ty Cobb had the most votes.

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