His drinking and fighting undoubtedly contributed to a premature end to his athletic career and, ultimately, his premature demise.
Wilson’s 1930 season with the Cubs is widely considered one of the most memorable individual single-season hitting performances in baseball history. His 56 home runs that year was the National League record for 68 years. His record of 191 runs batted has yet to be surpassed.
He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979.