Willie Wilson (baseball)

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Willie James Wilson (born July 9, 1955) is a former professional baseball player.wikipedia
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Summit, New Jersey

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Wilson was born in Montgomery, Alabama but moved to Summit, New Jersey at seven years old.
In 2005, star baseball athlete Willie Wilson and former Summit graduate returned to Summit High School.

Tug McGraw

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In the 1980 World Series, Wilson batted just .154 and struck out against Tug McGraw for the final out of the Royals six-game loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.
As a Major League Baseball (MLB) player, Tug McGraw is often remembered for coining the phrase, "Ya Gotta Believe", which became a popular rallying cry for the New York Mets teams of the mid-60s and early 70s, and for recording the final out, via a strikeout of the Kansas City Royals' Willie Wilson, in the 1980 World Series, thereby bringing the Philadelphia Phillies their first world championship.

Silver Slugger Award

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He won both the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Awards, and was fourth in the AL MVP voting, his best finish.

1980 World Series

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In the 1980 World Series, Wilson batted just .154 and struck out against Tug McGraw for the final out of the Royals six-game loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.
The series concluded with Game 6, which ended with Tug McGraw striking out Willie Wilson at 11:29 pm on October 21, 1980.

1980 American League Championship Series

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In the 1980 American League Championship Series, Wilson batted .308 and tied George Brett for the team lead in runs batted in with four as the Royals swept the Yankees in three straight games.
Brett added a home run off Ron Davis in the seventh, and a Willie Wilson double off Tom Underwood in the eighth scored Darrell Porter and White to give Kansas City a 7–2 lead.

1974 Major League Baseball draft

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The Kansas City Royals picked him in the first round of the 1974 draft.
Louis), Lance Parrish (Detroit), Willie Wilson (Kansas City) and Rick Sutcliffe (Los Angeles).

Amos Otis

He split the left field job with Tom Poquette, Clint Hurdle and Joe Zdeb, getting the most playing time at the position among the four, while also backing up Amos Otis in center field.
By the late 1970s and early 1980s his fielding skills had diminished, and he lost his center field job to Willie Wilson near the end of his long run with the Royals.

Jerry Martin (baseball)

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After the end of the 1983 season, Wilson found himself in a drug scandal along with teammates Willie Aikens, Vida Blue, and Jerry Martin.
On November 17, Martin and Kansas City Royals teammates Willie Aikens and Willie Wilson each received three-month prison terms on misdemeanor cocaine possession charges.

1981 American League Division Series

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In the 1981 American League Division Series against the Oakland A's, he batted .308, but failed to score a run, steal a base, or get an extra-base hit in the three-game sweep.
McCatty would give up a run in the bottom of the fifth on Willie Wilson's RBI hit.

At bat

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He had just six at bats, getting one hit and stealing two bases.
The single season record is held by Jimmy Rollins, who had 716 at bats in 2007; Willie Wilson, Ichiro Suzuki and Juan Samuel also had more than 700 at bats in a season.

Summit High School (New Jersey)

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He was a highly regarded high school baseball, football, and basketball player at Summit High School.

Joe Zdeb

He split the left field job with Tom Poquette, Clint Hurdle and Joe Zdeb, getting the most playing time at the position among the four, while also backing up Amos Otis in center field.
In 1978, Zdeb saw his playing time reduced with the arrival of Willie Wilson, and even wound up back in the minors briefly.

Gulf Coast League Royals

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He started his professional career with the Gulf Coast Royals.

Inside-the-park home run

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For his career, Wilson hit 13 inside-the-park home runs, the most of any major league player playing after 1950.

1985 American League Championship Series

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He also gained a measure of redemption from his 1980 World Series performance, hitting .310 against Toronto in the 1985 ALCS and .367 against the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1985 World Series, helping the Royals to their first World Championship.
Willie Wilson scored the Royals' only run in the ninth inning when he singled, moved to third on a George Brett single, and scored on a fielders choice ground out by Pat Sheridan.

Ryan Howard

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Ryan Howard would break Wilson's record by striking out 13 times in the 2009 World Series.
However, Howard struggled against the New York Yankees during the 2009 World Series, surpassing Willie Wilson's record by striking out 13 times in the series.

1980 Philadelphia Phillies season

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In the 1980 World Series, Wilson batted just .154 and struck out against Tug McGraw for the final out of the Royals six-game loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.
Kansas City threatened by loading the bases in the eighth and the ninth innings before Tug McGraw struck out Willie Wilson for the third out in the final inning.

1958 World Series

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This strikeout was Wilson's 12th of the Series, breaking the record of 11 held jointly by Eddie Mathews and Wayne Garrett in the 1958 and 1973 World Series, respectively.

1985 World Series

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He also gained a measure of redemption from his 1980 World Series performance, hitting .310 against Toronto in the 1985 ALCS and .367 against the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1985 World Series, helping the Royals to their first World Championship.
The Royals went up 2–0 in the fourth off of Danny Cox when Willie Wilson hit a leadoff single that was followed by back-to-back RBI doubles by George Brett and Frank White.

2009 World Series

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Ryan Howard would break Wilson's record by striking out 13 times in the 2009 World Series.
Coke then struck out Howard, Howard's 12th strikeout in the series, tying Willie Wilson's record for most strikeouts in a World Series.

Willie Aikens

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After the end of the 1983 season, Wilson found himself in a drug scandal along with teammates Willie Aikens, Vida Blue, and Jerry Martin.
Following the season, Aikens, Jerry Martin and Willie Wilson pleaded guilty to attempting to purchase cocaine, while former teammate Vida Blue pleaded guilty to possession of three grams of cocaine.

1973 World Series

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This strikeout was Wilson's 12th of the Series, breaking the record of 11 held jointly by Eddie Mathews and Wayne Garrett in the 1958 and 1973 World Series, respectively.
In the seventh inning, Wayne Garrett struck out for the eleventh time tying the Series record set by Eddie Mathews of the Milwaukee Braves in 1958 (later broken in 1980 when Willie Wilson of the Royals struck out 12 times).

Vida Blue

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After the end of the 1983 season, Wilson found himself in a drug scandal along with teammates Willie Aikens, Vida Blue, and Jerry Martin.
After the 1983 season, he and former teammates Willie Wilson, Jerry Martin and Willie Aikens pleaded guilty to attempting to purchase cocaine.

Kansas City Royals

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He played 19 seasons in Major League Baseball for the Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics, and Chicago Cubs.
The new team quickly became a powerhouse, appearing in the playoffs seven times from 1976 to 1985, winning one World Series championship and another AL pennant, led by stars such as Amos Otis, Hal McRae, John Mayberry, George Brett, Frank White, Willie Wilson, and Bret Saberhagen.

List of Major League Baseball stolen base records

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His mark was successively surpassed by Davey Lopes (retired 1987), Willie Wilson, (retired 1994) and Tim Raines (retired 2002).