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188. Willie Wilson
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: July 9, 1955 in Montgomery, AL USA
  • Weight: 190 lbs.
  • Height: 6'3"
  • Bats: B
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: September 04, 1976
  • Final Game: May 16, 1994
  • Gold Glove - 1980
  • Silver Slugger - 1980
  • Silver Slugger - 1982
 
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Historically speaking, we don’t think that we are going out on a limb by stating that Willie Wilson was one of the best leadoff hitters in the game.

Wilson spent most of his career with the Kansas City Royals, a team that the Alabama native first debuted for in 1976.  Wilson entered the 1979 season as the Royals starting Centerfielder, and he batted .315 with a league-leading 83 Stolen Bases.  That was the best he ever did in terms of base-stealing, but there was so much more that the speedster had left to offer.

In the following season, Wilson led the American League in Runs Scored (133), Hits (230), Triples (15), and he won the Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, and was fourth in MVP voting.  The Royals won the pennant that year, but the Royals lost to Philadelphia.  Wilson had solace in that he was fourth in MVP voting, which would be a career-high.

That was the best year of Wilson’s career, but far from the end of his productive ways.  Despite his drug arrest and jail time in 1984, Wilson was one of the best baserunners of the 1980s and batted over .300 three times in the 1980s, including winning the Batting Title in 1982 (.331).  Wilson had five AL leads in Triples, and was a two-time All-Star for Kansas City.  

Wilson finished his career with stints in Oakland and Chicago (NL), and he retired in 1994 with 668 Stolen Bases and 2,207 Hits.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Montgomery, Alabama, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Saturday, 01 January 2000
  • Position: Outfield
  • Played For: Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    All-Star (2) (1982 & 1983)
    Silver Slugger (2) (AL) (1980 & 1982)
    Gold Glove (1) (AL) (1980)
    Highest Batting Average (1) (AL) (1982)
    Most At Bats (1) (AL) (1980)
    Most Plate Appearances (1) (AL) (1980)
    Most Runs Scored (1) (AL) (1980)
    Most Hits (1) (AL) (1980)
    Most Triples (5) (AL) (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987 & 1988)
    Most Stolen Bases (1) (AL) (1979)
    Highest Stolen Base Percentage (2) (AL) (1979 & 1984)
    Most Total Zone Runs (2) (AL) (1980 & 1982)
    World Series Rings (1) (Kansas City Royals, 1985) 

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten MVP Finishes:
    (AL: 1980, 4th) & (AL: 1984, 10th)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Batting Average)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Scored)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Hits)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Total Bases)
    11 Top Ten Finishes (Triples)
    11 Top Ten Finishes (Stolen Bases)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Total Zone Runs)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (bWAR for Position Players)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Offensive bWAR)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Defensive bWAR)

  • Notable All Time Rankings:

    12. Stolen Bases: 668
    22. Stolen Base Percentage: 83.29
    44. Total Zone Runs: 108

  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame:

    2000: 2.0%

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