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Hack Wilson

Hack Wilson

Vintage Cards

1933 Goudey baseball card of Hank Wilson of the Brooklyn Dodgers #211. PD-not-renewed.

Position(s):
OF, 2B
Born:
April 26, 1900
Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
5' 6"
Weight:
190 lbs
Major League Debut:
9-29-1923 with NY1
Hall of Fame:
1979

Intro

Though he played as many as 140 games just five times in his brief 12-year career, Lewis "Hack" Wilson was selected by the Veterans Committee for induction to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. That honor came almost exclusively because of his record-setting 1930 season, in which he set the all-time single-season mark for RBI and blasted 56 home runs. Despite being rather small, Wilson packed a lot of punch and was very popular in every city in which he played.

Best Season

He posted career highs in almost every category, including games, at-bats, runs, hits, homers, RBI, walks, total bases, batting average, slugging, and OBP. His 191 RBI may never be challenged. His 56 homers were the NL standard bearer until McGwire and Sosa both shattered it in 1998. Despite his efforts, the Cubs finished two games behind the Cardinals.

Factoid 1

On January 18, 1930, commissioner Kenesaw Landis halted a proposed boxing match between Wilson and Art Shires, a first baseman with the White Sox. Lendis announced that any player who participated in "professional boxing will be regarded by this office as having permanently retired from baseball."

Re-Count!

In 1999, statisticians helped Hack Wilson when they found an RBI from 1930 that had been falsely credited to another Cub batter. The mistake meant that Wilson actually had driven in 191 runs that season, a record that still stands after all these years.

Notes

Wilson never finished higher than fifth in MVP tallying.

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1929 World Series, Baseball History, Chicago Cubs, Hack Wilson, Hall of Fame, Kenesaw Landis, Kiki Cuyler, Mark McGwire, Philadelphia Athletics, Riggs Stephenson, Sammy Sosa

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