Hack Wilson

Hack Wilson
Birthdate 4/26/1900
Death Date 11/23/1948
Debut Year 1923
Year of Induction 1979
Teams Cubs, Dodgers, Giants, Phillies
Position Center Field

In 1930 Hack Wilson hit .356 with 56 homers, and a still-standing record 191 RBI in one of the greatest single seasons in baseball history.

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Despite his considerable baseball talent, Hack Wilson led a difficult life

Despite his considerable baseball talent, Hack Wilson led a difficult life

Hack Wilson is remembered today as baseball’s all-time single season RBI record-holder. His 191-RBI campaign in 1930 is still the most prolific the game has ever known. Wilson was born in 1900 to two alcoholic parents. His physique – an outsized head, small feet, short legs, and a flat face – are symptoms of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

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