HOW LONG IT'S STOOD:
CLOSEST CALL SINCE:
184, by Lou Gehrig in 1931, the year after Wilson did it.
CLOSEST IN THE LAST HALF-CENTURY:
165, by Manny Ramirez in 1999
The amazing thing about this record, says Pete Palmer, is that Rogers Hornsby would have been hitting in front of Wilson in 1930 had he not gotten hurt and missed most of the year. So "I wonder how many he would have had with Hornsby on base before him," Palmer muses.
Regardless, this record has gone so unchallenged for so long, it's hard to say what kind of hysteria might erupt if Albert Pujols or Manny or A-Rod were 10 RBI away with the days peeling off the September calendar.
When Juan Gonzalez became the second player in history (with Hank Greenberg) to knock in 100 runs before the All-Star break in 1998, he was a major topic of midseason conversation. But he was also a sideshow to the much more electric home run madness that summer.
With no distractions and the right masher chasing this record next time around (assuming there is a next time), we'd predict a much more raucous scene.
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