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1930 Hack Wilson Signed 54th Homerun Baseball

1930 Hack Wilson Signed 54th Homerun Baseball

Feast your eyes on one of the most historic baseballs we have ever offered. Lewis "Hack" Wilson was not only one of the most powerful sluggers of all-time, his off-field exploits, particularly involving drinking and fighting, rivaled that of contemporary Babe Ruth. While with the 1930 Chicago Cubs, Wilson assembled one of the most impressive seasons in baseball history, during which he hit a National League-record 56 home runs and drove in an astounding 191 runs - a record that still stands more than 80 years hence. And, oh by the way, he hit .356 with a gaudy .454 on-base percentage and league-best .723 slugging percentage that year. This is the actual official National League baseball that the Hall of Famer crushed for home run number 54 that season. It comes with an additional LOA from PSA, and a letter from a fan who was in the stands that afternoon when his friend, Victor Wilson, caught the home run ball. They waited on Waveland Avenue after the game and had Wilson sign the ball. The fact that it is single-signed by Wilson makes it exponentially more valuable. The ball is game-used and it is signed on a side panel in 6/10 black fountain ink: "Hack Wilson 54, 9-26-30," all in his own hand. A concise rundown of Wilson's home runs listed in Baseball Digest is also included in the lot. In 1999, Commissioner of Baseball Bud Selig officially increased Wilson's 1930 RBI total to 191 after a boxscore analysis by baseball historian Jerome Holtzman revealed that Charlie Grimm had been mistakenly credited with an RBI actually driven home by Wilson. Only Manny Ramirez in 1999 even came close to threatening Wilson's RBI record, driving in 165 that season with the Cleveland Indians. And until Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa both went off in 1998, no National League player had ever surpassed Wilson's record of 56 homers.

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