Chicago Cubs Greatest All-Time Players: No. 7 – Stan Hack
Few players can say they played in a World Series with the Chicago Cubs. Stan Hack is one of those. And despite coming up short on four separate occasions, he’s definitely not to blame. In 76 career plate appearances in the Fall Classic, the third baseman carried a .348/.408/.449 line – striking out just six times.
But there’s a whole lot more to Hack’s lengthy Cubs career than his repeatedly coming up short in a quest for a ring. He spent the entirety of his 16-year career with Chicago, earning four All-Star selections in the process. He finished as high as eighth in National League MVP voting – a testament to his standing in the game.
We’re talking about a guy who had a career .394 on-base percentage. That served as the high-water mark in the NL for a third baseman until… 2001. Keep in mind, Hack’s final season came in 1947. In short, he was good – and he was able to maintain it for a long time – leading to his place on countless franchise leaderboards.
Hack ranks sixth all-time in Cubs history in oWAR (55.2) – for reference, Sammy Sosa ranks seventh at 50.9 to provide some more recent perspective. His .394 OBP is the seventh-highest mark in franchise history and only six players suited up more times than he for the North Siders.
Accomplishments & Awards
- Five-time All-Star