Hack Wilson’s brawling, combative nature and epic boozing made him one of the most ‘colorful’ sports personalities of any era.
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 Chicago Cubs is easily the most memorable individual single-season hitting performances in baseball history. His 56 home runs that year remained the National League record for 68 years. His record of 191 runs batted has yet to be surpassed in either league.
He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979.