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Pirates to retire No. 11

| Friday, April 13, 2007 12:00 a.m

The Pirates will retire right fielder Paul “Big Poison” Waner’s uniform No. 11 after this season.

The team will make the announcement before tonight’s game against the San Francisco Giants at PNC Park. Today is the 81st anniversary of Waner’s major league debut.

Waner will be the ninth Pirates player and 10th in the history of the franchise to have his uniform number retired. Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 has been retired throughout Major League Baseball.

Waner, the 1927 Most Valuable Player, was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1952. He won three National League batting titles and was named to four All-Star teams. Waner’s lifetime batting average was .333.

Four Pirates who won the NL batting title — Freddy Sanchez, Bill Madlock, Dave Parker and Dick Groat — will be on hand at PNC Park for tonight’s announcement.

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