On This Day

Hack Wilson

Full Name: Lewis Robert "Hack" Wilson
Profession: Baseball Hall of Fame Outfielder

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: One of the most accomplished power hitters in baseball during the late 1920s and early 1930s.

Wilson set a MLB single season record of 191 runs batted in 1930.

Born: April 26, 1900
Birthplace: Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, USA

Generation: Lost Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Taurus

Died: November 23, 1948 (aged 48)
Cause of Death: Internal haemorrhaging

Historical Events

  • 1926-05-23 Hack Wilson is 1st to hit a home run off Wrigley Field scoreboard
  • 1930-08-26 Hack Wilson hits his 44th HR, breaks Chuck Klein's NL record
  • 1930-09-27 Cub's Hack Wilson's 2 HRs give him NL record 56 HRs
  • 1930-10-10 AP votes Joe Cronin unofficial AL MVP & BWA names Hack Wilson NL MVP
  • 1932-09-03 A's first baseman Jimmie Foxx smashes his 50th & 51st home runs to become only 3rd player to reach 50 in a MLB season; joins Babe Ruth & Hack Wilson
  • 1979-03-07 Warren Giles and Hack Wilson selected for the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1979-08-05 Willie Mays, Warren Giles, & Hack Wilson inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY

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