He did so by hitting a home run in a six-run fifth inning, in a game Birmingham went on to win 14-10, The AP wrote.
Wagner hit that home run in his third season as a pro, his first at AA. He moved on the next year to get time at AAA Vancouver. Wagner, however, never made the majors.
Wagner's pro career began in 1986, taken by the White Sox in the 16th round of the draft out of Tulane University.
At Tulane, Wagner won third team Baseball America All-American in 1984 and then third team American Baseball Coaches Association in 1986.
Wagner started with the White Sox at single-A Appleton and in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He hit .248 in 72 games, with 30 RBI.
He moved to single-A Peninsula for 1987. He hit .293 over 138 games that year. He also hit 12 home runs and knocked in 93.
Wagner split 1988 between single-A Tampa and Birmingham, then played all of 1989 at Birmingham. He singled in a run in a May 1989 game, then scored after reaching on an error in a June contest.
Wagner moved to the Angels and AA Midland to start 1990, but he got into just 19 games. Those games marked the end of his career.
- Chicago Tribune, Associated Press, July 24, 1988: Grand slam in 8th beats Birmingham
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