Thursday, January 2, 2014

#133 Steve Wilson

About the Front: That's some windup Steve Wilson has. It looks like he's shielding his right knee with the glove while simultaneously preparing to drop the ball on top of the mound.

About the Back: Canadian-born AND a fan of ice hockey? Well, wonders never cease.

Triple Play:

1. Steve was one of nine players involved in the December 1988 trade that sent Rafael Palmeiro from the Cubs to the Rangers.

2. Andy Van Slyke made mincemeat of poor Steve, collecting eight hits in 19 at-bats and putting up a .421/.522/.895 batting line with a pair of home runs and five RBI. But Wilson got the last laugh, retiring Van Slyke on a pop-up on April 18, 1993 to earn his final big league save.

3. Wilson concluded his pitching career in Taiwan, where he runs an English elementary school. He has also scouted for the Cubs in the Pacific Rim and southern California.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I went to high school with a Steve Wilson. This was in 1998, and his last name was spelled with two 'L's, so it was probably a different guy.

Bill James Said: "Wilson has a great arm, and pitches well for a few weeks at a time."

On This Date in 1993: January 2. The Sri Lanka Navy kills 35 to 100 civilians on the Jaffna Lagoon in the latest skirmish of the Sri Lankan Civil War, which has been ongoing for the past decade.

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