5. Hack Wilson

The Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Athletics would meet in the 1929 World Series. The Cubs trailed the series 2-1 when, up 7-0 in the 7th inning, gave up 10 runs in the bottom half, giving the A’s a narrow 10-8 win, and putting the A’s up 3-1 in the series. However Hack Wilson, the Cubs centerfielder had misplayed a ball in the sun.

That botch allowed a 3-run inside the park home run, at the time, allowing the A’s to get within one, trailing at that point 8-7. Had Wilson never botched the play in the field, perhaps the Cubs do indeed tie the series and go on to win their first World Series since 1908.


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William Chase is editor at Elite Sports NY, and has been featured on such prominent websites including Bleacher Report. William is also currently the Marketing & Media Relations Intern for the Augusta GreenJackets.