From 1923 to 1934, Hack Wilson was one of the greatest power hitting outfielders in the Majors. Splitting his career between the New York Giants, Chicago Cubs, Brooklyn Dodgers, and the Philadelphia Phillies, he was able to string together an impressive twelve-year career. Wilson was a four-time National League home run champion, in 1926, 1927, 1928, and 1930, and was a two time National League RBI champion in 1929 and 1930. His most impressive season came with the Chicago Cubs in 1930 where he belted 56 home runs, a National League record that stood for 68 seasons, and collected 191 RBIs, a Major League record that still stands today. Wilson’s short, yet impressive career, that included a .307 batting average, 244 home runs, and 1,063 RBIs, earned him a spot in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979.
-Michael Rinehart, Jr.
August 20, 2011