Born: December 6, 1909
Died: December 15, 1979
Chicago Cubs (1932-1947)
Chicago Cubs Manager (1954-1956)
Stan Hack participated in 4 World Series with the Cubs (1932, 1935, 1938, 1945) batting .348 scoring 6 runs, driving in 5 runs with 5 doubles, 1 triple and a stolen base.
Yesterday's Cubs, Today's Metrics
There have been 116 Cubs hitters to produce a season of 5.0 WAR or higher (at the end of the 2017 MLB season). Stan Hack has 5 of those. Only 8 Cubs hitters have 5 or more seasons of 5.0+ WAR.
Only Stan Hack & Sammy Sosa are not in the Hall of Fame.
How does Stan Hack season's compare to other Cubs 3B in team history?
WAR rank by 3B
Stan Hack & Ron Santo
Until Kris Bryant plays a few more years with the Cubs, Stan Hack is really the only Cubs 3B in team history that you can compare closely with Ron Santo. The numbers below are Ron Santo & Stan Hacks career stats with the Cubs only from Fangraphs.com. Santo's additional 400+ plate appearances, significant advantage in home runs (337 to 57) and better defense accounts for WAR comparison of 71.9 to 55.8 for Santo over Hack, however WAR is a cumulative statistic. WRC+ is a very good measure of a hitters overall offensive value and accounts for how the hitter compared to others of his own era (A WRC+ of 100 indicates that a player is league average). Santo only has a slight advantage over Hack with a 128 WRC+ to Hack's 124.
In my opinion, Stan Hack is one of the most underrated Cubs players in their team history.
Name PA HR R RBI SB AVG OBP SLG WRC+ Off Def WAR
Santo 8979 337 1109 1290 35 .279 .366 .472 128 277.3 78.2 71.9
Hack 8506 57 1239 642 165 .301 .394 .397 124 269.5 16.3 55.8
5-time NL All-Star (3B) (1938-1939, 1941, 1943, 1945)
Led the NL in Hits twice (1940-190, 1941-186)
Led the NL in Singles twice (1941-141, 1945-155)
Led the NL in Stolen Bases twice (1938-16, 1939-17)
Scored 100+ Runs in 7 seasons (1936-1941, 1945)
Top 10's in various offensive categories (All NL)