Hack's 191

Hack's 191

Hack Wilson and His Incredible 1930 Season

Book - 2012
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Hack Wilson's record 191 RBIs in 1930 may well stand the test of time, and so may the record of his hard-drinking lifestyle. In Hack's 191, Bill Chastain recreates the most productive offensive season in baseball history while giving readers unique insight into the life of one of baseball's most fascinating, enigmatic, and yet neglected characters.Drunk or sober, Wilson lived large in Prohibition-era Chicago, where the entertainment and nightclub industries thrived, and Al Capone, a friend of Wilson, reigned as the most publicized gangster in America. Hack finished the 1929 season batting .345 with 39 home runs and 159 RBIs, giving him his fourth consecutive 100-plus RBI season before for misplaying two fly balls in the World Series. Despite losing the Series, the Cubs entered the 1930 season favored again to win the National League pennant. After a slow start and many bad breaks, the team was in first place by the end of August, with Hack Wilson leading the way. Chronicling the ups, downs, and record-setting accomplishments of Lewis R. "Hack" Wilson, this book returns arguably the most hard-living, hard-hitting ballplayer in history to the lineup of the game's greats.
Publisher: Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, c2012.
ISBN: 9780762769636
Characteristics: x, 261 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Alternative Title: Hack's one hundred ninety-one


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Nov 21, 2013

Wilson was a physical oddity being muscular and barrel-chested, weighing 195 pounds but was only 5 foot 6 and wore a size 6 shoe. In 1930 Wilson was entrenched in the deeply talented lineup of the Chicago Cubs when he produced this stunning season: a .356 batting average, 56 home runs and 191 RBI. Chastain put me in to Prohibition era Chicago with descriptions of speakeasies and the gang wars involving Al Capone. A fanscinating read about a ballplayer whose name I'd heard before but until reading Chastain's book didn't know much about.


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