24. Hack Wilson
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: April 26, 1900 in Ellwood City, PA USA
  • Weight: 190 lbs.
  • Height: 5'6"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: September 29, 1923
  • Final Game: August 25, 1934
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1926
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1927
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1929
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1929
  • TSN All-Star - 1929
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1930
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1930
  • TSN All-Star - 1930
 
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Hack Wilson was playing for Toledo of the American Association after falling into a slump with the New York Giants.  He was left unprotected (some say an oversight), and the Chicago Cubs swooped in and claimed him late in 1925.  The Giants loss was the Cubs game as Hack Wilson would win the National League Home Run crown in 1926, a feat he would repeat in 1927, 1928, and 1930.  Wilson wasn't just hitting for power as with the exception of 1931, and he never had a season where he batted under .300 or had an OBP under .400.  Wilson would twice lead the NL in Walks, and his Slash Line as a Chicago Cub is an incredible .322/.412/.590.

When speaking about Wilson, you have to discuss his 1930 season.  That year, he blasted 56 Home Runs, had a 191 RBI (a single-season record), and had a Slash Line of .356/.454/.723.  Sadly, Wilson would drink excessively and would become out of shape and was shipped out to the St. Louis Cardinals a year later.

Wilson would enter the Baseball Hall of Fame when he was inducted in 1979 by the Veteran's Committee.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Outfield
  • Acquired: Drafted from Toledo (American Association) in the Rule 5 Draft 8/6/25.
  • Departed: Traded to the St. Louis Cardinals with Bud Teachout for Burleigh Grimes 12/11/31.
  • Games Played: 850
  • Notable Statistics: 652 Runs
    1,017 Hits
    185 Doubles
    44 Triples
    190 Home Runs
    769 Runs Batted In
    34 Stolen Bases
    .322/.412/.590 Slash Line
    31.0 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Highest Slugging Percentage (1930)
    Highest OPS (1930)
    Most Home Runs (1926, 1927, 1928 & 1930)
    Most Runs Batted In (1929 & 1930)
    Most Walks (1926 & 1930)
    Highest OPS+ (1930)
    Highest Power-Speed # (1927)
    Highest Win Probability Added (1926 & 1930)
    Most Putouts by a Centerfielder (1927)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Centerfielder (1926)

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