Hack's 191: Hack Wilson and His Incredible 1930 Season

Hack's 191: Hack Wilson and His Incredible 1930 Season

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by Bill Chastain
     
 

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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

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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.

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"I have long been fascinated by Hack Wilson, and his underappreciated RBI record. In Hack's 191, Bill Chastain marvelously explains both the man and the mark. I learned something on every page." —Tim Kurkjian, senior writer, ESPN The Magazine "Hack's 191 is a fascinating inside look at not only the 1930 season but also one of the most intriguing, overlooked characters the game has known. Bill Chastain captures the brawling times of Al Capone's prohibition-era Chicago and the barrel-shaped ballplayers who lived large during it. He also gives us a detailed look at a season that helped create arguably baseball's most unapproachable record, a season that changed the course of the game." —Dave van Dyck, Chicago Tribune "Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak, Cal Ripken's 2,632 consecutive games played, Pete Rose's 4,256 career hits. . . . These records may never be broken. The mark least talked about is the record for runs batted in during a season. As a former Major League Baseball player and lifelong fan, I consider Hack Wilson's 191 RBIs in 1930 to be one of the most amazing achievements in the history of the game. Bill Chastain does an incredible job of taking us back to that magical season. I felt like I was there watching the games at Wrigley Field or enjoying the speakeasy nightlife with Wilson and his Prohibition-era Cubs fans." —Tino Martinez, baseball broadcaster, former Major League All-Star "Hack Wilson's personality and habits—at the ballpark and away—had always intrigued me, as had his record of 191 RBIs in one season, which is an amazing feat and a record that will not likely be broken. Bill Chastain's fascinating account of that season brings to life Wilson and the city of Chicago during a raucous period complete with gangsters and speakeasies." —Joe Maddon, manager, Tampa Bay Rays

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762776306
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/24/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Bill Chastain is the author of several books, including The Steve Spurrier Story and the novels The Streak and Peachtree Corvette Club. Formerly a columnist and sports reporter for the Tampa Tribune and a correspondent for Sports Illustrated, he currently covers Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays for MLB.com. 

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Hack's 191: Hack Wilson and His Incredible 1930 Season 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
bleacherbum99 More than 1 year ago
A good look at the hitting career and off the field life of Hack Wilson. He's been lost in history, but it's hard to lose sight of his 191 RBI season. A solid bio on a great slugger.