Monday, November 10, 2014

#318 Willie Wilson

About the Front: It's unusual to see Willie Wilson without a Royals uniform and a beard.

About the Back: I just spotted another error here. Wilson's 83 steals led the American League in 1979, and his total of 79 swipes was second behind Rickey Henderson's 100 in 1980.

Triple Play:

1. How fast was Willie? Of his 41 career home runs, 13 were inside-the-park jobs. In fact, all 13 came at the beginning of his career as part of his first 16 round-trippers.

2. After the 1983 season, Wilson and Royals teammates Willie Aikens, Vida Blue, and Jerry Martin all pled guilty to misdemeanor drug charges for attempting to purchase cocaine. All four served an 81-day jail sentence in Fort Worth, TX.

3. He retired after the Cubs released him in May 1994. His 668 career stolen bases are 12th all-time.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: His birth name is actually Willie. It's like his parents just didn't bother.

Bill James Said: "He is probably through in Chicago, where they have young outfielders who are better than he is, and I wouldn't bet on him to be on a roster at the end of spring training."

On This Date in 1993: November 10. Carlito's Way, a crime drama starring Al Pacino and Sean Penn, has its theatrical release.


  1. I had no recollection of him being on any team except the Royals. I thought it was a different Willie Wilson when I first saw the front of the card.

  2. Bob - It's kind of jarring, like Brady Anderson in an Indians uniform in 2002.