Note: This page is for Hall of Famer Hack Wilson; for the minor league player with the same name, click here.
Lewis Robert Wilson
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 6", Weight 190 lb.
- Debut September 29, 1923
- Final Game August 25, 1934
- Born April 26, 1900 in Ellwood City, PA USA
- Died November 23, 1948 in Baltimore, MD USA
Hack Wilson had a relatively short career for a Hall of Famer but led the league four times in home runs. Most notably, he hit 56 homers in 1930, a National League record that stood for almost seven decades, until eclipsed in 1998 by Mark McGwire, who was later revealed to have been using PEDs. Wilson continues to hold the all-time single-season RBI record with 191, however.
He stood only 5' 6", but weighed 190 lbs.
Although remembered primarily for his days with the Chicago Cubs, Wilson broke in originally with John McGraw's New York Giants and in 1924 was a regular on the Giants team that went to the World Series.
He first played in the minor leagues for the Martinsburg Mountaineers and Martinsburg Blue Sox of the Blue Ridge League in 1921 and 1922, and the Portsmouth Truckers of the Virginia League in 1923 before coming to the majors in 1923. His lowest batting average during those three years was .356, in his first season. When he came to the majors, there was no uniform to fit the short, stocky Wilson, so he wore McGraw's uniform (McGraw was 5' 7"). He played for the Toledo Mud Hens for part of 1925. He didn't get along with the Cubs' manager, Rogers Hornsby, in 1931. After the majors he played for the Albany Senators in 1935. After baseball he worked in a war plant and then became a municipal parks employee in Baltimore, MD. He died there at age 48.
- NL Slugging Percentage Leader (1930)
- NL OPS Leader (1930)
- 4-time NL Home Runs Leader (1926, 1927, 1928 & 1930)
- 2-time NL RBI Leader (1929 & 1930)
- 2-time NL Bases on Balls Leader (1926 & 1930)
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 6 (1926-1930 & 1932)
- 30-Home Run Seasons: 4 (1927-1930)
- 40-Home Run Seasons: 1 (1930)
- 50-Home Run Seasons: 1 (1930)
- 100 RBI Seasons: 6 (1926-1930 & 1932)
- 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 3 (1927, 1929 & 1930)
- 200 Hits Seasons: 1 (1930)
- Baseball Hall of Fame: Class of 1979
- Home runs, center fielder, season, 56, 1930 (tied with Ken Griffey Jr.)
- Runs batted in, season, 191, 1930
- Runs batted in, right handed batter, season, 191, 1930
- Clifton Blue Parker: Fouled Away: The Baseball Tragedy of Hack Wilson, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2000.
- Thomas E. Schott: "Hack Wilson", in Gregory H. Wolf, ed.: Winning on the North Side: the 1929 Chicago Cubs, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2015, pp. 176-181. ISBN 978-1-933599-89-2