Cooperstown Chronicles – Hack Wilson

Jul 5, 2008


Photo courtesy of TSN Archives/Icon SMI

I decided to profile Hall of Famer Hack Wilson, who was enshrined by the Veteran’s Committee in 1979.


Photo courtesy of Icon SMI 

The Numbers
Played 1923-1934 (12 Seasons)
1348 Games
4760 At Bats
.307 Batting Average 
884 Runs
1461 Hits
2593 Total Bases
266 Doubles
67 Triples
244 HRs
1063 RBI
674 Walks 
79 SBs

Five  .300 Seasons
Three 100 Run Seasons
One 200 Hit Season
Six 30 Double Seasons
Two 10 Triple Seasons
Four 30 HR Seasons (56 in 1930)
Six 100 RBI Seasons (MLB record 191 in 1930)

Playoffs:  15 for 47 (.319), 3 Runs, 1 Double, 1 Triple, 3 RBI, 5 Walks.

Awards

MVP Votes in 5 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes

Batting Average - Once
On-base % - 5 Times
Slugging % - 6 Times (Led league in 1930)
OPS - 6 Times (Led league in 1930)
Games - Twice
Runs - 4 Times
Hits – Once
Total Bases - 5 Times
Extra-base Hits - 6 Times (Led league in 1927)
Doubles - Once
Triples – Once
Home Runs - 7 Times (Led leagie in 1926, 1927, 1928, & 1930) 
RBI – 6 Times (Led league in 1929 & 1930)
Walks - 7 Times (Led league in 1926 & 1930)
Hit by Pitch – Twice
Stolen Bases – Once

Hall of Fame Yardsticks:

Black Ink: Batting – 31 (54) (Average HOFer ≈ 27)
Gray Ink: Batting – 110 (190) (Average HOFer ≈ 144)
HOF Standards: Batting – 39.0 (155) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)
HOF Monitor: Batting – 100.0 (148) (Likely HOFer > 100)

Hack Wilson’s numbers are very similar to Chuck Klein’s.  He had an amazing five-year stretch, that was headlined by record-setting 1930 season.  From 1926-1930 Hack averaged 117 Runs, 34 HRs, 142 RBI while hitting .331.  He had one more big year in 1932 when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers and drove in 123 Runs.  He may have been short in stature (5’6″), but he was stong as a bull.  Hack’s numbers would have been even better if he hadn’t had such a problem with the bottle.  His 191 RBIs in 1930 have never even been seriously challenged.  His 56 HRs that same year were the standard in the National League for nearly 70 years, and not until the heart of the steroids era.  I know he had an unbelievable stretch, but is he HOF material.  I say yes.  He put together 6 great seasons and has a record that hasn’t even been challenged even as the game has become more hitter-friendly over the years. 

References
Baseball-reference.com

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Roberto Alomar
Richie Ashburn*
Harold Baines

Albert Belle
Pete Browning
Jim Bunning *
Bert Byleven
Joe Carter
Orlando Cepeda*
Rocky Colavito
Dave Concepcion
David Cone
Larry Corcoran
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Chuck Finley
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Nellie Fox*
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George Kell*
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Maury Wills 
 
* Signifies actual Hall of Famer

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5 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Larry Novak
    July 5th, 2008 at 5:43 pm #

    Even though his career numbers are borderline \, his great run of 26-30 makes him a lock into the HOF. This may sound strange, but he is kind of the hitters version of Fergie Jenkens or even dare I say Sandy Koufax!

  2. LestersLegends
    July 6th, 2008 at 2:17 pm #

    Great comparison Larry.

  3. BraystreetLad
    September 19th, 2008 at 7:18 am #

    Isn’t Hack second or third in RBI per at-bat?

  4. LestersLegends
    September 19th, 2008 at 7:24 am #

    Bray – Not sure, but I know he’s up there

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