Wilson in 2010.
|Center fielder/First base Coach|
February 9, 1956 |
Bamberg, South Carolina
|Batted: Switch||Threw: Right|
|September 2, 1980 for the New York Mets|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 6, 1991 for the Toronto Blue Jays|
|Runs batted in||438|
|Career highlights and awards|
William Hayward "Mookie" Wilson (born February 9, 1956) is an American former professional baseball player. He played all or part of twelve seasons in Major League Baseball for the New York Mets (1980–89) and Toronto Blue Jays (1989–91), primarily as a center fielder, and was also a coach for the Mets. He was a switch hitter primarily known for his impressive speed and positive attitude.
Early life 
Playing career 
Wilson was drafted by the Mets in the 2nd round of the 1977 Major League Baseball draft. He made his major league debut as a September call-up in 1980. He was immediately placed in the starting lineup, and started 26 of the Mets' last 31 games in center field, pushing veteran Mike Jorgensen to the bench. He remained a fixture in center field and as the Mets' leadoff hitter during his Mets career.
During Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, Wilson avoided being hit by a wild pitch, allowing the tying run to score in the bottom of the 10th. His ground ball later in the same at bat went through the legs of Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner, allowing the winning run to score. The play is often known as the "Buckner play" and is blamed on the first baseman, but Wilson's smart at bat, speed, determination, and whits also affected the course of events. The Mets went on to win that 1986 World Series. The ball that rolled through Buckner's legs was long housed in the Seth Swirsky baseball collection and on May 3, 2012, was sold through Heritage Auctions for $418,250.
Blue Jays 
In twelve seasons, Wilson was a .274 hitter with 67 home runs, 438 RBI, and 327 stolen bases in 1403 games. Wilson held the Mets record for career stolen bases (281) and career triples (62) until José Reyes broke both marks during the 2008 season. Wilson was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 1996.
Post-playing career 
Personal life 
On the evening of June 22, 1978, Wilson married Rosa Gilbert at home plate of Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson, Mississippi. Wilson played in the outfield for the Texas League Class AA Jackson Mets at the time. The ceremony was conducted before a hometown crowd of 1200 and included an archway of bats held aloft by Wilson's Mets teammates for the bride and groom's procession. The public was invited to the wedding reception that was held on the field after that night's game. Cake was cut and passed around; fans and teammates chipped in for a bridal suite at a local hotel. 
Business dealings 
In 1999, Wilson obtained a Commercial driver's license and began hauling freight in the offseason, a job he stated his intention to keep if and when he left professional baseball. Wilson and Buckner have also become business partners to some extent, attending autograph shows together and signing copies of a photo of the 1986 play that linked the two players.
See also 
- 1980 New York Mets Lineups and Defense
- "Buckner ball sells for $418,250".
- "Bill Buckner ball sells for $418,250".
- ">"Auction record for Buckner Ball".
- Wilson, Oberkfell among new Mets coaches
- Matthew Cerrone (2011-10-29). "Mets name Tom Goodwin as 1B Coach". MetsBlog.com. Unknown parameter
- Mogg, Larry. "Wedding Bells Ring At Home Plate For Mookie Wilson". The News and Courier, July 2, 1978, Page 1-B.
- "Wilson agrees to $4M, one-year deal with Astros". ESPN.com. Associated Press. January 3, 2006. Retrieved May 23, 2010.
- Berkow, Ira (May 29, 1996). "BASEBALL;Graduation Day for Wilson: Pomp and Studious Stance". The New York Times. Retrieved May 13, 2010.
- Vecsey, George (May 29, 1988). "SPORT OF THE TIMES; Building Toward the Days of October". The New York Times. Retrieved March 22, 2008. "Shortly after his classic time at bat in the sixth game of the 1986 World Series, Wilson and his wife, Rosa, started an educational center for girls, Mookie's Roses, near their home in Lakewood, N.J."
- Quinn, T.J. (March 21, 2002). "Mookie keeps on truckin'". Daily News (New York).
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Baseball Almanac: Mookie Wilson
- The Ultimate Mets Database: Mookie Wilson
- Mookie Wilson at the Internet Movie Database
- Thinkexist.com: Mookie Wilson quotes
|New York Mets first base coach