“Smiling Stan” was one of the greatest third basemen in Cubs history.
There are those players, whose careers are steady and respectable, and who manage to create their own kind of enduring legacy, even without the flash and dazzle of award titles or World Series rings. Those players, for their part, deserve the same level of acknowledgement and fame as their glitzier peers, but don’t often receive it. In the case of one-time Chicago Cubs third baseman Stan Hack,
Hack, who was known as “Smiling Stan” owing to his convivial nature and positive attitude, was a lifelong Chicago Cub. He made his debut with the team in 1932 at the age of 22, and went on to play 16 seasons with the club. He remained one of the most consistent third basemen in all of baseball during that time, hitting a career average of .301/.394/.333. In his time with the Cubs he was an All-Star five times.
Stan was an absolute workhorse of a player, who spent the bulk of his career batting in the leadoff position. From 1936 through 1943, he continued racked up more than 600 plate appearances, and in 1939, he had a whopping 724 …Read the Rest
Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue