Split of the Day – Lewis Robert Wilson

At the dawn of the Great Depression a 5’6″ center fielder led the NL with a 177 OPS+.  Thanks to hitting behind Hazen Shirley Cuyler and Elwood George English this stout slugger somehow drove in 191 runs despite leading the league in walks.

Pitchers were particularly fearful of old Hack Wilson while in the Friendly Confines. NL batters posted a .369 OBP at home in 1930 but this pales in comparison to Wilson’s .501 OBP!

Here are the outcomes in Hack’s 365 plate appearances at home:

39% batted ball outs

18% BB

17% 1B

9% HR

9% K

4% 2B+3B

3% SH

That’s 33 HR & 33 SO in 78 home games.  Wow!

I   Split  G  PA  AB   H 2B 3B HR BB SO   BA  OBP  SLG

     Home 78 365 289 112 13  3 33 65 33 .388 .501 .796
     Away 77 344 296  96 22  3 23 40 51 .324 .405 .652

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table

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Posted on October 30, 2011, in Hall of Fame, split stats and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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