Hack Wilson

Hack Wilson

About Hack Wilson

Lewis Robert 'Hack' Wilson (April 26, 1900 November 23, 1948) was an American Major League Baseball player who played 12 seasons for the New York Giants, Chicago Cubs, Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies. Despite his diminutive stature, he was one of the most accomplished power hitters in the game during the late 1920s and early 1930s. His 1930 season with the Cubs is widely considered one of the most memorable individual single-season hitting performances in baseball history. Highlights included 56 home runs (the National League record for 68 years) and 191 runs batted in, a mark yet to be surpassed. As one sportswriter of the day remarked, 'For a brief span of a few years, this hammered down little strongman actually rivaled the mighty [Babe] Ruth.'

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