An upper-tier Third Baseman and longtime leadoff man, “Smilin" Stan Hack would play all 1,938 of his Major League games with the Chicago Cubs. Hack cracked the Cubs roster in 1932, and in 1934 he was affixed as the permanent player at the hot corner. As the team's leadoff man, he would display consistent hitting with a lifetime Batting Average of .301 and five top ten finishes in that metric. He did not just hit is way on base as he was a patient batter who knew how to work the count. He had an excellent On-Base Percentage of .394, and five times he was a top five finisher. On the base paths, he was a two-time leader in Stolen Bases (albeit with numbers under 20), but there was no doubt that he was everything you wanted in a leadoff man.
Stan Hack would help Chicago win the National League pennant four times, and while the Cubs would not win any of those World Series appearances, it was certainly not due to Hack who batted .348 in the post-season.
Overall, Hack was a two-time Hits leader (1940 & 1941) and would collect 2,193 of them. Not a bad career at all, by any means, wouldn't you agree?
The Cubs selected Hack for their Hall of Fame in the first class in 2021.
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