Chicago Cubs: Top home run hitters of all-time
Chicago Cubs Top Home Run Hitters – No. 11: Hack Wilson (190)
Hack Wilson was one of the earliest home run-hitting superstars of the game. He was a contemporary of Babe Ruth‘s, and he produced some legendary seasons with the Cubs.
While with Chicago, he led the Majors in round trippers four times, including 56 in 1930. From 1927 through 1930, Wilson smacked 156 home runs.
He also led the Majors in RBI twice as a Cub, including an incredible 191 in 130. His 191 RBI in 1930 is still the Major League record to this day. His 159 RBI in 1929 ranks 22nd all-time in a single season.
In fact, Wilson’s two-year stretch in 1929 and 1930 may very well be the greatest two back-to-back seasons by one player in baseball history. He clubbed 95 home runs and drove in 350 runs. Also, he had 406 hits, 281 runs scored and batted .350.
Amazingly enough, he never won the Most Valuable Player Award. Because of financial reasons, there was not a vote in 1930, but the BBWAA would have voted him as MVP, according to the Baseball Almanac.
Here is how he stacked up with other Cubs:
Wilson only played in 850 games for the Cubs, the fewest of any player on this list besides Kris Bryant (706) which makes his ranking so unbelievable. He has to be considered one of the great Cubs of all-time.
Another interesting fact about Wilson was that he was just 5’6″, 190 pounds, or the same height as Jose Altuve but stockier of build.