Honus Wagner bed-and-breakfast, museum in works

Updated: February 15, 2006, 9:48 AM ET
Associated Press

CARNEGIE, Pa. -- An entrepreneur wants to turn the former home of baseball great Honus Wagner into a bed-and-breakfast and museum.

Stanley Klos plans to restore the home several miles outside Pittsburgh in time for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, which will be played July 11 at PNC Park.

"It's not often you get an opportunity to stay in the home of a baseball great like Honus Wagner," the 52-year-old Klos told the Tribune-Review. "One of the biggest attractions in Baltimore is Babe Ruth's home. Experts in the field believe [Wagner] was a much better player than Babe Ruth."

The shortstop was one of the five original inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame, along with Ruth.

Wagner moved into the three-story, yellow brick home in 1918, a year after playing his last game for the Pirates. Klos and his two partners in Wagner Carnegie Inc. paid $130,000 for it. Though it has been split into two apartments, many original features remain, including stained-glass windows, chandeliers and hardwood floors.

The restoration will be guided by more than 50 builders' records, which Klos bought at a New York City auction for $15,000.

"We know what's original and what isn't. We have the documentation for everything. It's very rare to have the actual documents pertaining to a house that early," he said.

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