MLB History 101: Hack Wilson

July 20, 2009 by  

Hack Wilson is just a name on a page to most fans.  They think of him as a statistic—most RBI in one season 190.  Oh, make that 191, because it was changed in 1999 due to a mistake made by an official scorer.

Friends, that is one boat-load of RBI.  The closest to that which was "seen" by any of us was 165 by Manny Ramirez with 165 in 1999.  A few men have had 100+ RBI by the All-Star break just to disappoint in the second half.

Wilson could hit like a Hall of Famer (which he is) until liquor became the master of him.

When you think of someone hitting 56 HR and adding to that 191 RBI you think of power, muscle and probably size.  Size obviously doesn't matter here, as Wilson was only 5'6...

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