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Hack and the Babe were noted also for striking out. Wilson had 84 that amazing 1930 season, and Ruth went down 93 times. It was a completely different era. Most power hitters of today, from Dunn to Stanton would not have made it to AAA for lack of contact then.
People made a lot more mistakes on defense back in those days. But however, Miggy's game tonight might be making Hack roll over in his grave. All Miguel Cabrera has to do is face the Rangers. Damnit! Hack might be a bit worried after tonight.
I believe HBO or Showtime need to make a mini series about these baseball players in the roaring 20s with real life events. Ruth and Hack Wilson would be perfect characters. This was a period in which baseball was the only sport people in the United States really even cared about at all. Hack Wilson and his problems at speak easy's and Ruth with his larger than life partying and life style. Both of these guys are legends forever
2013 could be the year that the Hack Wilson record gets beat. Miguel Cabrera is my pick.
Study your history. Hack Wilson was a peter puffer-but I'm sure most of you pillow biters knew that.
Wrong Answer JD. Hack Wilson is an all time legend
Hack Wilson is one of the best RBI guys to ever put on a uniform. You can't hate on that JD.
Not to meantion Hack Wilson was managed by the John McGraw and Joe McCarthy. Both are Hall of Fame managers. There is no debate to the greatness of Hack Wilson but playing and being developed by great managers like McGraw and McCarthy is a huge reason as to why he was so great.
Again I ask--WHO CARES?
christopher, It doesn't sound like Hack was all that open-minded to coaching and advice. But yes, good managers could've helped contribute to his success. It certainly didn't hurt. Good thought
Good o; peter puffin Hackysack.
JD, these have been by far your most pathetic posts to date, and that is saying a lot. You have actually taken some positive steps of late. You are beginning to originate more Topics, and even considering all the slams you have had on others in the past, and driven many off from your own Topics posted, that is a step in the right direction. But when you make to the moment 11 posts on a topic, to paraphrase your own words, you do not give a shit for, that heads you into a wrong direction. If you do not like a Post move on to the next, absurdly asinine comments contribute nothing. To attack someone at a personal level that you really do no know in the past would have led to a libel suit or even further back a personal duel, is a n extremely weak character trait. Thank your lucky stars that you exist in the 21st century.
John McGraw actually sold Hack Wilson to the Cubs. Wow... If Baseball was like European soccer and we could just go buy our players from other organizations in the MLB like we did with our ace Yu Darvish from the Nippon Ham Fighters in the Japanese League. This would allow the Rangers and keep our blue chip prospects. It would be a golden era of Rangers baseball. So at one point baseball had the best strategy in acquiring players. You just sell them to other teams where everyone has a price tag. Why can't Bud Selig wake up and realize that?!?!?!?! Babe Ruth and Hack Wilson were both SOLD and not traded.
Found something else interesting with Joe McCarthy. His rules of success in the professional baseball.. Check it out
McCarthy's "10 Commandments for Success in the Majors
Nobody ever became a ballplayer by walking after a ball.You will never become a .300 hitter unless you take the bat off your shoulder.An outfielder who throws in back of a runner is locking the barn after the horse is stolen.Keep your head up and you may not have to keep it down.When you start to slide, SLIDE. He who changes his mind may have to change a good leg for a bad one.Do not alibi on bad hops. Anyone can field the good ones.Always run them out. You never can tell.Do not quit.Try not to find too much fault with the umpires. You cannot expect them to be as perfect as you are.A pitcher who hasn't control hasn't anything.
One thought is that the smaller market teams,at a financial disadvantage, could not compete for players. In turn, they couldn't effectively compete in games. Fan attendance would fade, revenues would whither, and ultimately those teams would go under. The current system helps maintain parity.
Allof us here benefit most when JD is ignored. He can't be changed. Please don't feel compelled to try. Thanks much.
sandwisch, what is the difference now? Smaller market teams don't compete anyways. I guess you could say Oakland.. But they won't win a WS with the money ball approach. Make the playoffs sometimes but not win the whole thing. Smaller market teams don't really compete anyways and those that do have a short lifespan of club success in baseball.
The MLB will never be on a level field without a other-pro type Cap. And if this was to occur it probably lead to pre-1960 leagues of 8 teams each. To say it another way, too many teams would go belly up. The MLB on both ownership and player side is too well aware of this reality, so they try to navigate a narrow passage between both extremes of a True Cap and true Open Market. So they compromise with a degree of controlled free agency, a cap system on the Rule-4 draft and now J-2. But as long as the Dodgers can buy an All Star like Yasel Puig [ for $42M ] or the Rangers Yu Darvish [ for over $100M} or a very select few teams can sign an individual player for over $20M a season, it will remain an uneven playing field.
Rollie, Yes. I agree. But at least they all stay in business. And that is MLB's #1 priority.
Some more interesting things about Hack Wilson
In 1999 the Commissioner of Baseball officially increased Wilson's 1930 RBI total to 191 after a box score analysis by baseball historian Jerome Holtzman revealed that Charlie Grimm had been mistakenly credited with an RBI actually driven home by Wilson during the second game of a doubleheader on July 28. 191 RBIs remains one of baseball's most enduring records; only Gehrig (184) and Hank Greenberg (183) ever came close, and there have been no serious challenges in the last 75 years. (The best recent effort was 165 by Manny Ramirez in 1999])
Interesting stuff Champ. It's gonna take a brilliant year for this feat to ever be accomplished.
I don't really think Cabrera has a shot. Peralta like Cruz will have to serve a 50 game suspension soon. I don't like the guys in front of him but Miguel Cabrera looks to be a legend also.
Someone tell Leah of Arlington how LITTLE I care about what she says. Fuck Hackysack Wilson. He's dead like Joey.
Hack Wilson is an RBI legend JD.
"Fouled Away: The Baseball Tragedy of Hack Wilson" written by Clifton Blue Parker in 2000 is available in paperback for anyone interested. Only two left in stock at Amazon, JD. Act fast.
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