Bill Wilson (outfielder)
November 6, 1928 |
Central City, Nebraska
|September 24, 1950, for the Chicago White Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 13, 1955, for the Kansas City Athletics|
|Runs batted in||77|
William Donald Wilson (born November 6, 1928 in Central City, Nebraska) is an American former professional baseball player. Wilson appeared in 224 games in Major League Baseball for the Chicago White Sox and the Philadelphia/Kansas City Athletics in 1950 and from 1953 to 1955, primarily as a center fielder. He threw and batted right-handed and was listed as 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall and 200 pounds (91 kg).
Wilson's professional career began in 1947. He was a prodigious power hitter in minor league baseball, smashing over 30 home runs for the Class B Wenatchee Chiefs (1948) and the Double-A Memphis Chickasaws (1950; 1953). Wilson led the 1948 Western International League in homers (33), and twice led the Southern Association in that category with 36 (1950) and 34 (1953). He also led the 1950 SA in runs batted in (125).
He hit 30 of his 32 big-league homers for the Athletics, after he was acquired from the White Sox on June 11, 1954. He hit the first home run in Kansas City's Major League history with his solo shot off Van Fletcher in the eighth inning on April 12, 1955—Opening Day at Municipal Stadium for the newly transplanted Athletics. But Wilson had trouble making contact, hitting only .232 and .223 in 1954–55, his two full big-league seasons. His 145 Major League hits included 23 doubles and one triple, to go along with his 32 home runs.
Wilson's career was confined to the minor leagues for the last six seasons of his career.