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At Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York would bring a critical series between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants in 1924. At Ebbets Field 38,000 fans of both sides squeezed into Ebbets Field. Some fans tried to scale the stadium walls, but fell back into the mob. One man fell to the ground and died of a skull fracture. In those days, teams would actually take down the outfield fences on crowded days. This gave the fans more room to spill into the edges of the field. The Dodgers fans tried to swing the games in their favor. When a Dodger hitter struck a ball into the overflown crowd, the fans would build a body wall to keep the ball from the Giants outfielders. In the 8th inning the New York Giants were up by two runs. Then it happened: The Dodgers had runners on first and second when Johnny Mitchell knocked a fly ball deep into centerfield, slightly beyond Hack Wilson and the crowd that ringed the outfield margins. Hack races with all of his speed, tried to crash through the wall but bounced back like a rubber ball. About 30 seconds later, Hack's hat sailed out of the crowd. Then his glove was thrown out. Where was Hack Wilson and where was the ball? Suddenly, Hack emerged with the ball, gesturing wildly that he had made the catch. If so it would have been 3 outs in the inning and Brooklyn would have been retired. It did not happen this way. Umpire Bill Klem, who was far away from the play and could not see what occurred in the fan frenzy. Klem did not believe that Hack Wilson caught the ball. He ruled it a double and one run scored with runners on second and third. All it took was a hit for the Brooklyn Dodgers to be out in front. The call enraged the Giants but pleased the Dodgers. An argument from Jon McGraw continued for 20 minutes. Klem's call stood. As it turned out it did not matter. The Giants went on to win the game and the pennant in 1924. But such dramatic finishes fueled the sports pages with all kinds of speculation. Had Hack caught the ball? Was there partisan fan interference? Klem's ruling boiled Hack's blood. "I was mad enough, that I could have killed Klem." At the end of 1924, Hack had played 107 games with 383 at bats. Though he slumped at the end, he finished with a respectable .295 with 10 home runs, 12 triples, 19 doubles, 62 runs scored and 57 RBIs. He walked 44 times and struck out 46 times. Considering how much playing time that Hack Wilson got his extra bases showed promise for John McGraw and the New York Giants going forward into the coming years. McGraw still had concerns with Hack Wilson's strike outs. Hitters were not common at striking out as much then as they are today. Baseball was still about making contact with the ball. In 1924, George Grantham had 63 strike outs for the Chicago Cubs to lead the National League. Babe Ruth whiffed 81 times to lead the American League. Today, these would be very low numbers for power hitters. Among other events in baseball in 1924. Rogers Hornsby hit .424 which is the top of the century in batting average. Hornsby had 227 hits, 25 home runs, 43 doubles and 373 total bases. Hornsby batted over .400 from a period of 1921-1925. Hack Wilson had a solid rookie season in 1924 next up was the World Series but this time against the veteran Walter Johnson and the Washington Senators.
Thanks Champ, but why stop at the world series? Hack made the World Series his rookie year and you don't tell us what happens next?!?!?!?!?!?
I'm pretty sure Champ will come back with more information. Doesn't seem to me that JD has run Champ off yet. So we will get more Hack Wilson I'm sure. This guy might wait till next week to give us the 1924 World Series but I'm interested in Champ's essays going over Hack Wilson.... Good Stuff Champ.. Keep it up
Tell us more about the lil monkey feet. Also tell us about the time he was caught with the cross dresser. No one ever mentins that.
Hack Wilson is in the Hall of Fame JD. Your boy toy Josh Hamilton will have to get a ticket to go to the Hall of Fame.
Wtf are you talking about dumbass.??
This topic by Champ is brilliant!
no it isn't-it's just fucking silly.
Your wrong. This topic is beyond brilliant.
Nah-pretty sure it is you that is wrong.
Very Wrong... The most brilliant topic on this forum
The legend of Hack Wilson grows with each new page we celebrate him. Keep it going. Awesome stuff.
Not telling what more Champ can give us in this topic... I bet it will be good
You know Champ has some more good information for us. Problem is we get a long essay once a week. But like sandwisch said "Awesome Stuff"
you idiots are just being silly now.
I will be posting more next week as mt schedule is not very flexible at this time. But here is something you might not know. The Hackey-Sack ball or toy was named after Hack Wilson. Seems his body shape mirrored that of the Hackey-Sack. As to the poster who says that Hack Wilson once got caught with a cross dresser who among us hasn't done something we regretted later?
That was JD acting as if he was Champ. JD is a jerk so just ignore him. I bet Champ will show back up with some real Hack Wilson information.
JD likes to make up random names of posters who are not him. I think Champ will be back with brilliant information!
I'm sure Champ will be back but the "brillian informatin" thing is up for debate. Most would call it "drivel for simpletons".
Wrong answer again JD
No-I'm pretty sure I am right you "HACKOFFAPHOBE".
Your absolutely wrong and you know it. JD....
no it's silly
Greatness and Brilliant!
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