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    Oct 7, 2001 - The Cubs lose to the Pirates in their final game of the season‚ 4-3‚ but they become the first team in ML history to not allow an opposing pitcher to throw a complete game against them all season. Sosa closes out 2001 with his 64th homer in his final at-bat of the game and sets a new franchise record with 98 extra base hits‚ one more than Hack Wilson smacked in 1930. He also finishes with another franchise record of 425 total bases‚ the 7th best all-time total‚ 2 ahead of Wilson‚ and the most in the majors since Stan Musial's 429 in 1948. His 160 RBIs is the highest total in the NL since Chuck Klein knocked in 170 in 1930; Sammy's RBI total for the past 4 years also breaks Klein's 4-year mark set in 1929-32. To finish out the record day‚ 5 Cubs pitchers combine for 12 strikeouts as the staff sets a Major League record with 1‚246 strikeouts. The Yankees do the same‚ setting an AL mark with 1‚266 strikeouts.

    Jun 28, 1999 - Hack Wilson ups his RBI total for the 1930 season to 191. 69 years after the season‚ an RBI is added by the commissioner's office‚ which also gives Babe Ruth six additional walks‚ raising his career-record total to 2‚062. ``There is no doubt that Hack Wilson's RBI total should be 191‚'' commissioner Bud Selig said. ``I am sensitive to the historical significance that accompanies the correction of such a prestigious record‚ especially after so many years have passed‚ but it is important to get it right.'' The missing RBI came from the 2nd game of a doubleheader between Wilson's Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds on July 28‚ 1930 where Charlie Grimm was credited with 2 RBIs in the game and Wilson with none. Ruth's walks total is now 2‚062. Ted Williams is second‚ trailing by 43‚ and Rickey Henderson of the New York Mets is third‚ 134 behind Ruth.

    Sep 4, 1998 - Sammy Sosa's 57th HR leads the Cubs to a 5-2 win over Pittsburgh. Sosa surpasses Hack Wilson's club record set 68 years ago.

    Sep 1, 1998 - Mark McGwire hits his 56th and 57th HRs of the season‚ in a 7-1 Cardinals' win over Florida‚ to break Hack Wilson's NL standard for HRs in a season. McGwire also eclipses Babe Ruth's record of 114 HRs in consecutive seasons set in 1927-28.

    Aug 31, 1998 - Cubs' OF Sammy Sosa ties Mark McGwire by hitting his 55th HR in Chicago's 5-4 win over Cincinnati. Sosa has hit 30 of his homers at Wrigley‚ 3 short of Hack Wilson's Cub record and tying him with Ernie Banks.

    Aug 5, 1979 - Willie Mays‚ Warren Giles‚ and Hack Wilson are inducted into the Hall of Fame.

    Mar 7, 1979 - The Special Veterans Committee selects Warren Giles and slugger Hack Wilson for the Hall of Fame.

    Sep 10, 1938 - Jimmie Foxx of the Red Sox hits 2 HRs in a game for the 9th time this season‚ breaking a record held by Babe Ruth and Hack Wilson. Lynn Nelson of the A's serves up the homers in a 15-7 win at Fenway. The Sox have just a makeup game at Fenway left with all their remaining games on the road. Foxx has now hit 35 homers at home‚ the most ever hit at Fenway.

    Sep 4, 1934 - The Phillies release former MVP Hack Wilson‚ just 34-years-old. He'll finish his career next year with Albany (International League) hitting .263.

    Jul 4, 1934 - When Dodgers manager Casey Stengel comes out to the mound to remove P Boom Boom Beck from the game in Philadelphia's Baker Bowl‚ the frustrated Beck turns and fires the ball at the tin wall in RF. Dodgers OF Hack Wilson‚ not paying attention to the happenings‚ hears the ball clang off the wall‚ and hurries to retrieve it. He then fires a strike to 2B to prevent the imaginary runner from advancing.

    Jun 5, 1934 - A tough way to end a streak. In the opener of two‚ Dodger outfielder Buzz Boyle cracks four hits to run his hit streak to 25-straight games. The skein is stopped in game 2 when Boyle pinch hits for Hack Wilson and makes out. The Phils use two late-inning rallies to beat Brooklyn‚ 11-10 and 5-4.

    Aug 25, 1933 - In the first of 2 games at Ebbets Field‚ Sam Leslie singles in the winning run in the bottom of the 9th to give the Dodgers a 4-3 win over the Reds. The hit comes off Red Lucas‚ who bats 7th in the lineup‚ collecting 2 hits. Suffering from a charley horse‚ (as noted by David Vincent) Dodger 2B Tony Cuccinello sits out for the first time since July‚ 1930 (when he was playing for the Reds)‚ ending a consecutive playing streak of more than 500 games -the exact number isn't known. Tony's was the longest active streak in the NL. Hack Wilson replaces Cuccinello at 2B for the doubleheader‚ and makes two errors in the game 2‚ also a 4-3 Brooklyn win. Boom Boom Beck and Ownie Carroll are the winning pitchers.

    Jul 25, 1933 - The Dodgers take a pair from the last place Reds by identical 4-3 scores. In the second game Brooklyn has just two hits. One of the hits is a homer by Hack Wilson‚ making his debut today at second base because of injuries. He makes two errors in the second game.

    May 14, 1933 - With rain pelting down at Ebbets Field‚ Hack Wilson pounds a 9th inning pinch grand slam‚ the first in Dodger history‚ to beat the Phils Ad Liska‚ 8-6. The homer is inside-the-park‚ just the 3rd pinch inside-the-park grand homer in history‚ and the first since 1910.

    Sep 3, 1932 - Against the Red Sox‚ Jimmie Foxx of the A's poles his 50th and 51st HRs to become the 3rd player to reach 50 in a season‚ joining Babe Ruth and Hack Wilson. Foxx's 2nd homer‚ in the 9th‚ ties the game at 4-4‚ and McNair follows with a game winning HR‚ his 4th homer in 2 days.

    Aug 14, 1932 - At the Polo Grounds‚ John Quinn‚ at 49‚ becomes the oldest P to win a ML game. He relieves Van Mungo in the 9th after Johnny Frederick hits a pinch-hit HR off Carl Hubbell in the 9th to tie at 1-1. The Dodgers win in the 10th when Tony Cuccinello drives home Hack Wilson for Brooklyn's 4th straight win over the Giants. The pinch homer is Frederick's 4th pinch-hit HR of the year‚ for a new ML record. He will have 6 by the season's end. The Giants win the nitecap‚ 8-4‚ as Bill Terry and Mel Ott belt homers.

    Aug 13, 1932 - Bill TerryMel Ott‚ and Freddie Lindstrom hit HRs on consecutive pitches in the 4th inning against Brooklyn in a doubleheader opener before 48‚000. Terry collects 3 HRs in his 4 hits and Mel Ott a pair‚ as both of them hit back-to-back homers twice today‚ just the 4th time in history. But Dodger P Sloppy Thurston lives up to his name by winning‚ 18-9‚ despite serving up 6 homers. Sloppy collects 4 of the 24 hits himself‚ while O'Doul has four singles in the 4th through 6th inning carnage. Cuccinello‚ Taylor and Hack Wilson all homer as the Dodgers score 18 runs in the three innings. Wilson adds a triple and single and passes the 100-RBI mark. Starter Jim Mooney is the loser. The Giants also lose the 2nd game 5-4 as Brooklyn hits 3 HRs-Stripp‚ O'Doul‚ and Cuccinello-off Waite Hoyt. Ott adds his 3rd homer of the day‚ #35‚ off Fred Heimach‚ to move one behind Klein for the league lead.

    Jul 30, 1932 - Brooklyn's Hack Wilson hits a grand slam to beat his old pal pitcher Pat Malone and the Cubs‚ 7-2. It's Wilson's second grand slam off Malone in two months.

    Jun 9, 1932 - Hack Wilson avenges an April humiliation as he clouts a first inning grand slam off Chicago's Pat Malone to lead the Robins to a 5-2 win. Hack also drives home the 5th run. Weeks ago in Chicago‚ the Cubs had walked a man to load the bases for Wilson‚ who then grounded into a DP. The fans heaped scorn on Hack and showered lemons onto the field. Wilson's five RBIs is a birthday present for the 21-year-old Van Lingle Mungo‚ who finishes the win in an hour and 37 minutes. His only mistake is a two-run homer to Gabby Hartnett in the 2nd.

    Jan 23, 1932 - The Dodgers acquire Hack Wilson from the Cardinals‚ which had acquired him in December. The 1930 HR king of the NL costs only $45‚000 and a minor league pitcher‚ and he will sign for $16‚500‚ half his previous year's salary.

    Dec 11, 1931 - Despite 2 wins in the WS spitball veteran Burleigh Grimes is traded by the Cards to the Cubs for the fallen Hack Wilson. Wilson will be offered just $7500 reflecting the owner's new austerity drive. Grimes will have 3 losing seasons in Chicago before calling it quits.

    Sep 5, 1931 - In Cincinnati‚ the Cubs lose‚ 4-3‚ in 10 innings. Hack Wilson‚ in the Cubs dog house for drinking and not hitting‚ is left in the bull pen to warm up pitchers when manager Hornsby‚ short of outfielders‚ inserts pitcher Bud Teachout in LF. On the train back to Chicago that night‚ Wilson starts arguing with two writers. When Pat Malone wanders by‚ he joins in the argument and‚ with his encouragement‚ Wilson punches out both writers. Malone will be fined $500 for his actions while club president Bill L. Veeck will suspend Wilson without pay for the rest of the season. In 112 games‚ Wilson hit just .261 with 13 HRs‚ and the Cubs will send the slumping slugger to St. Louis over the winter.

    Jul 12, 1931 - The largest crowd in the history of Sportsman's Park in St. Louis‚ 45‚715 (in a ballpark with 35‚000 seats)‚ creates a travesty and permanently distorts the ML record for doubles hit in a game. Easy ?y balls drop for ground-rule doubles among the fans encroaching on the field. Fans even line the infield and there is an estimated 8‚000 fans on the ball field. There are 32 doubles hit in 2 games‚ 11 in the first and 21 in the 2nd‚ for ML records both for the most doubles in one game and for a doubleheader. All told‚ there were 43 extra base hits recorded. The Cubs take the opener 7-5 behind Hack Wilson's 3-run HR‚ as Jakie May outpitches Bill Hallahan. The Cards stagger to the finish in the nitecap with a 17-13 win behind Flint Rhem. Ed Baecht loses for the Cubs.

    May 2, 1931 - Hack Wilson hits his first HR of 1931 as the Cards beat the Cubs 6-3 at St. Louis. After hitting 56 homers last year‚ Wilson will hit only 13 with the deader NL ball. The MVP will end up as an alternate in the Cubs outfield.

    Feb 5, 1931 - Hack Wilson‚ who set the NL home run and ML RBI records for the Cubs in 1930‚ signs with them for $35‚000.

    Oct 10, 1930 - With no MVP award for the second year in a row‚ the Associated Press polls its members and names Joe Cronin unofficial AL MVP for 1930. The Baseball Writers Association names Hack Wilson the MVP of the NL. The Cubs give Wilson a bonus of $1‚000‚ the monetary reward that the MVP title had carried as an official league honor.

    Sep 27, 1930 - Hack Wilson clubs 2 HRs off Eppa Rixey to finish with a still-standing NL record of 56 round trippers. Gabby Hartnett adds two homers of his own to help Pat Malone win his 20th victory‚ 13-8‚ over the Reds at Wrigley.

    Sep 17, 1930 - Hack Wilson hits his 51st and 52nd HRs‚ each with man on‚ to break Gehrig's RBI record of 175 set in 1927. The Cubs beat the Giants 5-2 at the Polo Grounds.

    Sep 15, 1930 - The Cubs split a pair in Philadelphia when Lefty O'Doul again pinch-hits a HR‚ this time in the 9th‚ to beat the Cubs 12-11 in the first game. It is the 2nd consecutive game that O'Doul has produced a pinch-hit homer. In the 2nd game of the day's doubleheader‚ Hack Wilson hits his 50th HR to pace the Cubs to a 6-4 win.

    Sep 11, 1930 - The Cubs finally score‚ but still lose to 2-1 to Brooklyn's Dazzy Vance‚ who strikes out 13 Chicagoans. Hack Wilson's homer today is the only Cub run in the series‚ while Glenn Wright's 2-run homer in the 1st is all the Robins scoring.

    Aug 30, 1930 - Hack Wilson returns to the Cubs lineup and drives in 6 runs on his 45th and 46th homers of the year to lead Chicago over the Cardinals‚ 16-4. For August‚ Hack hits 13 homers and drive in 53 runs.

    Aug 28, 1930 - The Cards outlast the league-leading Cubs 8-7 in a 20-inning game at Wrigley Field. Andy High's single scores the winning run‚ even though High was tagged out trying the reach 2nd base. Taylor Douthit's run is ruled to have scored before the out. Hack Wilson leaves the game with a strained back after a big swing.

    Aug 26, 1930 - Hack Wilson has 4 RBIs to lead the Cubs over the Pirates 7-5. Wilson cracks a 2-run single in the 5th‚ but then allows a Lloyd Waner liner to skip by him for an inside-the-park-HR‚ and vows to atone. He hits his 44th HR‚ off young Larry French‚ breaking Chuck Klein's one-year-old NL record.

    Aug 19, 1930 - In the first of two‚ Chicago's Hack Wilson connects off Phils P Sugar Sweetland for his 43rd HR‚ tying Chuck Klein's NL record set last year. In RF‚ Klein waves to Wilson as he circles the bases. The Phils hold on for a 9-8 win with Claude Willoughby the winner over rookie Bud Teachout. The second game ends in a 6-6 tie after 16 innings.

    Aug 18, 1930 - Woody English scores 5 runs and Hack Wilson hits his 42nd HR‚ as the Cubs crush the Phillies 17-3. Pat Malone contributes another HR and goes the distance for the win.

    Aug 16, 1930 - At Wrigley‚ the league-leading Cubs nip the Phillies‚ 10-9‚ the play to a 3-3 tie in 11 innings before darkness intervenes. The Phils score 8 runs in the 7th to take a 9-8 lead‚ but Gabby Hartnett's drive wins the game for Chicago. Hack Wilson hits his 41st homer in the opener. The Phils manage just two hits in the nitecap‚ but take a 3-0 lead into the 9th. But Chicago scores a run on a balk by Stephenson‚ then Woody English cracks a two-run homer to tie.

    Aug 10, 1930 - Before 45‚000 fans‚ the Cubs sweep two from the Boston Braves at Wrigley to move a game in back of Brooklyn. Hack Wilson drives home 7 runs on 3 homers‚ the last his 39th‚ to back up Charlie Root's 3-hit shutout in the opener. The Cubs win 6-0 beating Bob Smith. Pat Malone completes the sweep. twirling a 5-hitter to beat Bruce Cunningham‚ 11-1‚ in the nitecap.

    Jul 29, 1930 - Despite a Hack Wilson HR‚ Eppa Rixey pitches the visiting Reds to a 4-3 win over the Cubs. Sheriff Blake takes the loss. The hot-hitting Hack will add homers on August 1st‚ 2nd‚ and 5th.

    Jul 28, 1930 - The Cubs sweep the Reds‚ 3-2 and 5-3‚ behind Charlie Root and Guy Bush. Benny Frey and Jakie May take the losses. In game two‚ Hack Wilson drives home Kiki Cuyler in the 4-run 3rd inning‚ but Charley Grimm get credited on the official scorecard with the RBI. This "lost RBI" would give Wilson 191 ribbies for the year‚ and will finally be corrected by ML baseball in 1999. As James Braswell will first note in 1977‚ the lost ribbie gives Wilson 11 straight games (July 24-August 5) with at least one RBI‚ a ML mark that Wilson will share with Mel Ott.

    Jul 26, 1930 - Phils pitchers continue their consistency‚ giving up 5 HRs to the Cubs in a 16-2 pasting. Hack Wilson has 3 of the homers‚ increasing his total to 32‚ while Gabby Hartnett and winning pitcher Pat Malone add the other two. Phil Collins‚ the ace of the weak Phillies staff‚ is routed by the 9 run attack in the first two innings.

    Jul 21, 1930 - The Cubs ruin the first Ladies Day at the Polo Grounds as Pat Malone and Charlie Root shut out the Giants 6-0. Malone is the winner over Tiny Jim Chaplin. About 3‚500 women are admitted free‚ and then see Hack Wilson club two homers‚ #28 and #29‚ to help Chicago move back into first place. Hack also whiffs with the bases jammed in the 9th. This is the first of regular Friday afternoon Ladies Day promotions that New York will be running.

    Jul 5, 1930 - The Phillies lose a doubleheader to the Braves‚ 17-5 and 7-4‚ to drop into the cellar for the rest of the season‚ despite a team batting average of .315. Wally Berger homers in game 1‚ his 23rd‚ to tie Hack Wilson for the NL lead.

    Jun 24, 1930 - In the Cubs 6-1 victory over the Phillies at Wrigley Field‚ slugger Hack Wilson fouls a pitch into the stands‚ where it is caught by 17-year-old Arthur Porto. Porto is confronted by an usher who tells him the Cubs cannot "afford to let the customers walk off with their baseballs" and demands the return of the ball. Porto and two friends argue and are arrested by stadium security and charged with disorderly conduct. In court the next day‚ the judge issues a landmark decision‚ ruling that a ball hit into the stands belongs "to the boy who grabs it." The charges are dismissed.

    Jun 23, 1930 - Hack Wilson hits for the cycle with 2 singles‚ a double‚ triple‚ and HR and drives in six as the Cubs kick the Phils 21-8 at Wrigley. Winning pitcher Guy Bush adds a triple and two singles.

    Jun 1, 1930 - The Cubs drub the Pirates‚ 16-4‚ behind the slugging of Hack Wilson‚ who drives in 6 runs with 2 homers‚ a double and a single. Wilson now has 16 homers to lead the NL. Guy Bush is the easy winner.

    Apr 22, 1930 - In mid-winter weather‚ the NL champion Cubs open at home with a 8-3 loss to the Cards. Bill Hallahan holds Chicago to 5 hits. Hack Wilson's three run homer‚ his 2nd of the year‚ accounts for all Chicago's scoring.

    Jan 20, 1930 - Commissioner Landis bans boxing for all players in baseball following the brief boxing career of White Sox 1B Art "Whataman" Shires. His challenge to Hack Wilson purportedly prompts the ban. Shires fought several suspected bouts that resulted in his being suspended by the boxing commissions of 32 states but loses a desultory 5-rounder to Chicago Bears center George (The Brute) Trafton. Shires did win a punch out with Sox manager Lena Blackburne and two hotel detectives late last season.

    Oct 12, 1929 - At 45‚ John Quinn (11-9) gets a start against Root. After giving up a HR to Charlie Grimm with a man on in the 3rd‚ Quinn serves up 4 straight singles to open the 6th‚ and in comes Rube Walberg (18-11). The inning ends with the score 7-0. Trailing 8-0 in the 7th‚ the Athletics‚ in the greatest rally in World Series history‚ shake Chicago by scoring 10 runs for a 10-8 victory. The most damaging play is Hack Wilson's misjudgment of a ?y from Mule Haas's bat‚ which goes for a 3-run‚ inside-the-park HR.

    Sep 9, 1929 - The Cubs win their 90th‚ beating Boston‚ 4-3. Following two rain delays‚ Hack Wilson hits his 37th homer in the 7th to tie the game at 2-2. After Charlie Root walks in a run in the 9th‚ Riggs Stephenson's homer ties at 3-3‚ and two more hits hand Percy Jones the loss. Wilson and Chuck Klein are now tied for the NL lead in homers.

    Sep 2, 1929 - The Cubs beat the Cards twice 11-7 and 12-10‚ before 81‚000 fans at Wrigley Field. A crowd of 38‚000 fans sees the morning game and 43‚000 watch the afternoon game. Rogers Hornsby has 2 HRs and Hack Wilson has one. The Cubs now lead the NL by 12 1/2 games‚ and will clinch in two weeks.

    Jul 24, 1929 - The Cubs regain the NL lead by beating the Giants in Chicago‚ 8-7; a 9-game winning streak gives them a 4 1?2 game lead. Today's win goes to Mike Cvengros‚ who tops Fred Fitzsimmons. The Cubs offense is lead by Hack Wilson's two home runs.

    Jul 21, 1929 - The Robins beat the Cubs‚ 3-1‚ dropping Chicago out of first place. It is Brooklyn's first win in 10 starts against the Cubs. Dazzy Vance is the winner‚ striking out 10 including Hack Wilson 4 times. His only mistake is a solo homer to Hornsby. Pat Malone takes the loss.

    Jul 4, 1929 - After singling in the 8th‚ the Cubs Hack Wilson jumps into the Reds dugout to fight pitcher Ray Kolp‚ who has been needling him. Wilson is stopped and ejected before reaching Kolp‚ and is also tagged out by Chuck Dressen. The Cubs win 10-5‚ and that evening‚ when both teams are at Chicago's Union Station awaiting trains‚ Wilson floors Reds pitcher Pete Donahue. Wilson will be briefly suspended for the fight. Later in the year‚ Wilson will go into the stands to floor a heckler. The heckler suffers a cut lip and sues Wilson for $20‚000‚ but the charges are dismissed.

    May 4, 1929 - At Baker Bowl‚ Cubs pitcher Pat Malone holds the Phillies scoreless‚ and collects 3 singles and 2 RBI to win easily‚ 16-0. Hack Wilson and Kiki Cuyler each hit 2 doubles‚ and Rogers Hornsby homers. The Cubs take the 2nd game as well‚ 9-7.

    Oct 4, 1928 - The Cardinals lack the Yankees' power‚ but have a .325 hitter in Jim Bottomley‚ who tied with Hack Wilson for NL HR honors with 31 and led in RBI with 136. St. Louis has a solid infield defense with Frankie Frisch‚ the venerable Rabbit Maranville‚ and their fleet OF‚ led by Taylor Douthit‚ whose 547 putouts and 566 total chances in CF have set post-1900 records.

    Aug 25, 1928 - At Boston‚ Hack Wilson hits 2 homers to help Percy Jones hand Brave's rookie Ed Brandt one of his league leading 21 losses. Cubs win 7-3. It's the 6th time this year that Hack's connected for 2 in a game.

    Aug 21, 1928 - The last-place Phillies take their 6th win in a row over the Cubs‚ winning 3-1 behind Claude Willoughby. Jeff Heathcote's homer is the only score for Chicago. The Phillies record is now 33-77. The Cubs lose Hack Wilson‚ who is suspended for 3 games for an outburst against the umpires in yesterday's loss. His buddy Pat Malone is fined $50 for using "abusive language from the bench."

    Aug 6, 1928 - At Philadelphia‚ Hack Wilson clouts two homers‚ #25 and #26‚ for the Cubs‚ but the Phillies still emerge the winners‚ 8-7. Veteran Bob McGraw is the victor over Sheriff Blake. The Phils‚ with the worst record in baseball‚ also win the nitecap‚ 5-1 as Alex Ferguson beats Charlie Root. The Phils will whip the Cubs tomorrow‚ 4-2‚ dropping Chicago into 4th place‚ and improving the Phillies' record to 27-70.

    Aug 4, 1928 - The Braves split with the front-running Cards‚ losing 3-2 before beating Pete Alexander‚ 2-1. The Cards only score in the nitecap is Jim Bottomley's 24th HR tying him for the NL lead with Hack Wilson.

    Jun 21, 1928 - In Chicago‚ the Cubs split with the Cards‚ winning 2-1 before losing 4-1. In the nitecap‚ Hack Wilson grounds out in the 9th‚ then climbs into the stands to swing at a heckling fan Edward Young. Teammates pull Wilson off before he does much damage.

    Jun 15, 1928 - At Boston‚ the Cubs take a 5-4 win over the sliding Braves. Farrell for the Braves‚ and Beck and Cuyler for the Cubs are deprived of homers by the new ground rule rregarding balls hit into the LF bleachers. The bleachers were erected to give Rogers Hornsby more homers‚ but the Rajah doesn't play today as he is saddled with a five-game suspension for yesterday's outburst. The Cubs do get 2nd inning homers from Hack Wilson and Charley Grimm‚ with both shots going into the CF bleachers.

    Jun 7, 1928 - The Phils end their 9-game losing streak stopping the Cubs‚ 4-2. Ray Benge goes all the way for the win‚ giving up a homer to Hack Wilson in the 9th. Wilson now has 10 homers to tie Bissonette for the NL lead.

    May 19, 1928 - The Cubs win their 13th straight‚ edging the Braves‚ 3-2. Pitcher Charlie Root breaks a 2-2 tie with a sacrifice fly. Hack Wilson clubs a homer for Chicago. The Cubs are in first place‚ but will lose tomorrow‚ and in 3 days‚ the Reds will regain the lead with a win over Pittsburgh.

    Apr 19, 1928 - The Cubs rattle Wrigley Field with 21 hits to back Sheriff Blake's 2-hit shutout over the Reds‚ 13-0. Dolf Luque is the loser. Blake collects 4 hits himself‚ as does Joe Kelly‚ who includes a 3-run homer. Hack Wilson adds two homers‚ one a grand slam‚ a double and a single: in his 5th at-bat he's hit by a pitch.

    Apr 11, 1928 - In Cincinnati‚ the Reds top the Cubs‚ 5-1. Dolf Luque scatters 7 hits‚ including Freddie Maguire's first and only ML homer‚ to beat Charlie Root. Bubble Hargrave and Chuck Dressen score the winning runs in the 5th inning when Cubs C Gabby Hartnett overthrows 3B on a double steal attempt. Hack Wilson tears a ligament and will be lost to the Cubs for two-three weeks. Maguire's homer causes the Reds prexy McDiarmid to have some of the OF seats removed and tomorrow several drives into the area will be outs.

    Sep 19, 1927 - The Cards win their 4th in a row from the Phillies‚ 12-4‚ behind Fred Funkhouse (4-0). Frankie Frisch makes his 589th assist in the 6th inning‚ a new NL record. A bright spot for the Phils is Cy Williams' 28th homer to move him ahead of Hack Wilson for the NL lead.

    Aug 24, 1927 - The Phils nip the Cubs‚ 7-6 in the first of two games. Alex Ferguson is the winner over Sheriff Blake. In game 2‚ the Cubs jump out early as Sparky Adams hits 2 doubles in the first inning. Adams goes 5-for-6 and‚ along with Hack Wilson who scores 5 runs‚ leads the Cubs to a 13-1 win. Percy Jones is the recipient of the Cubs offense‚ besting rookie Sugar Sweetland.

    Aug 1, 1927 - The Cubs top the Phils 6-5 at Wrigley Field. Hack Wilson has a single and triple to extend his hit streak to 26 games. Tomorrow he will be shut out.

    Jul 18, 1927 - At the Polo Grounds‚ 18-year-old Mel Ott hits his first ML homer in a 6-4 10-inning win over the Cubs. Ott hits a line drive on which CF Hack Wilson attempts a shoe string catch. The ball bounds all the way to the CF club house and Ott easily circles the bases. He's the youngest player in the 20 century to hit an inside-the-park homer: Pat Callahan‚ in 1884‚ was not 18 when he hit his. Ott will hit one more IPHR in his career‚ in 1929. Freddie Fitzsimmons gets the decision over Charlie Root‚ dropping the Cubs to 2nd place.

    Jul 4, 1927 - The Cubs sweep at home‚ beating the Reds‚ 6-3 and 2-1 in 10 innings. Lefty Brillheart scatter 3 hits in 9 innings as the Cubs take it in the 10th on Hack Wilson's double. Guy Bush wins the morning game with an inning of relief‚ then picks up another W in the afternoon on 7 2/3 innings of relief. Jakie May and Pete Donohue are the losing pair.

    May 17, 1927 - Charlie Grimm singles in Hack Wilson with the winning run in the 22nd inning to give the Cubs a 4-3 victory over the Braves at Boston. Braves pitcher Bob Smith goes the distance‚ while Bob Osborn hurls 14 runless relief innings to win for Chicago. He gives up 6 hits while striking out 1. The two teams have now combined for a ML record 40 innings in their last two games. Smith's 22-inning stint‚ the 5th longest in history‚ will not be matched this century. Only Oeschger-Cadore on May 1‚ 1920 and Coombs-Harris on September 1‚ 1906‚ were longer.

    Apr 15, 1927 - Willie Sherdel allows just 2 Cub hits but one is a HR by Hack Wilson into the CF bleachers at Wrigley. Sherdel and the Cards lose‚ 1-0‚ to Percy Jones

    May 23, 1926 - Hack Wilson smacks a 5th inning home run‚ a rare blast off the Wrigley Field scoreboard‚ situated at ground level‚ to start a route of the Braves. The Cubs score 7 runs in the 8th inning to win 14-8. Sparky Adams contributes 4 hits for Chicago. Later that night‚ Wilson and a few others are arrested at a friend's apartment for drinking beer in violation of the Prohibition Act. The scoreboard will be moved to the left field corner in 1937‚ before one will be built atop the newly built bleachers.

    Aug 8, 1925 - The 2nd place Giants make two deals to help in the pennant race. Hack Wilson goes to Toledo for Earl Webb‚ and Freddie Fitzsimmons is picked up from Indianapolis for cash and two players to be named later. Fat Freddie will be a fine addition‚ but Webb is soon back in the minors. Wilson‚ sent to Toledo for seasoning‚ will be left unprotected by the Giants front office‚ and the Cubs will swipe the fireplug slugger.

    Jul 1, 1925 - The Giants move back on top of the NL‚ taking 2 from the Phils. In the 2nd game‚ young Hack Wilson hits 2 HRs in the 3rd inning of the 16-7 rout. Hack totals 12 bases in the power outage. Tomorrow‚ the Pirates edge back on top with a 2-1 win over the Reds while New York is rained out.

    Sep 30, 1923 - The NL champion New York Giants wrap up their home season with a 4-3‚ 10-inning win over the Braves. Moses Solomon‚ the "Rabbi of Swat‚" drives in Frisch with a double in the 10th. Solomon‚ who hit a minor-league record 49 homers at Hutchinson this year (a 50th was washed out August 26th)‚ breaking Perry Werden's 1895 record of 45 at Minneapolis‚‚ is 3-for-4 in his ML debut. But this is his only ML season. Hack Wilson‚ who made his ML debut yesterday‚ is 2-for-4. Young Bill Terry‚ who debuted on the 24th‚ is 1-for-3. Solomon will hold the home run record for just a year: Clarence Kraft will hit 55 at Ft. Worth next year.

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