Willie Wilson Stats

Willie Wilson was born on Saturday, July 9, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama. Wilson was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 4, 1976, with the Kansas City Royals. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Willie Wilson baseball stats page.

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"I didn't want to win it (the 1982 AL Batting Title ) by sneaking in the back door, but I did sneak in the back door. My pride told me to play (the final game of the season), but my common sense told me to not to. I went with my common sense (and beat Robin Yount .3316 to .3307)." - Willie Wilson in The Logansport Pharos-Tribune (10/17/1982, 'Wilson, Oliver Win Batting Title', Page 13)

Willie Wilson

Willie Wilson Autograph on a 2013 Hometown Heroes Hometown Signatures Baseball Card (#44)

Willie Wilson Autograph on a 2013 Hometown Heroes Hometown Signatures Baseball Card (#44)

Birth Name:
Willie James Wilson ( Twitter : @WWBB6 )
Nickname:
None
Born On:
07-09-1955  (Cancer)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Montgomery, Alabama
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Summit High School (Summit, NJ)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Both
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-03
Player Weight Chart Weight:
195
First Game:
09-04-1976 (Age 21)
Last Game:
05-16-1994
Draft:
1974 : 1st Round (18th)

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Willie Wilson Pitching Stats

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Willie Wilson Hitting Stats

1976 21 Royals 12 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 .167 .167 .167
1977 22 Royals 13 34 10 11 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 8 2 0 0 1 .324 .343 .382
1978 23 Royals 127 198 43 43 8 2 0 0 16 16 0 33 5 2 2 2 .217 .280 .278
1979 24 Royals 154 588 113 185 18 13 6 0 49 28 3 92 13 4 7 1 .315 .351 .420
1980 25 Royals 161 705 133 230 28 15 3 0 49 28 3 81 5 1 6 4 .326 .357 .421
1981 26 Royals 102 439 54 133 10 7 1 0 32 18 3 42 3 1 4 5 .303 .335 .364
1982 27 Royals 136 585 87 194 19 15 3 0 46 26 2 81 2 2 6 4 .332 .365 .431
1983 28 Royals 137 576 90 159 22 8 2 0 33 33 2 75 1 0 1 4 .276 .316 .352
1984 29 Royals 128 541 81 163 24 9 2 0 44 39 2 56 2 3 3 7 .301 .350 .390
1985 30 Royals 141 605 87 168 25 21 4 0 43 29 3 94 2 1 5 6 .278 .316 .408
1986 31 Royals 156 631 77 170 20 7 9 0 44 31 1 97 3 1 9 6 .269 .313 .366
1987 32 Royals 146 610 97 170 18 15 4 0 30 32 2 88 4 1 6 9 .279 .320 .377
1988 33 Royals 147 591 81 155 17 11 1 0 37 22 1 106 8 5 2 5 .262 .289 .333
1989 34 Royals 112 383 58 97 17 7 3 0 43 27 0 78 6 6 1 8 .253 .300 .358
1990 35 Royals 115 307 49 89 13 3 2 0 42 30 1 57 3 3 2 4 .290 .354 .371
1991 36 Athletics 113 294 38 70 14 4 0 0 28 18 1 43 1 1 4 11 .238 .290 .313
1992 37 Athletics 132 396 38 107 15 5 0 0 37 35 2 65 2 3 1 11 .270 .329 .333
1993 38 Cubs 105 221 29 57 11 3 1 0 11 11 1 40 1 1 3 2 .258 .301 .348
1994 39 Cubs 17 21 4 5 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 6 1 0 0 0 .238 .273 .429
19 Years 2,154 7,731 1,169 2,207 281 147 41 0 585 425 27 1,144 64 35 62 90 .285 .326 .376

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Willie Wilson Fielding Stats

1976 Royals CF 6 1 54 8 1.3 7 6 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .875 3.50
1977 Royals CF 9 6 219 26 2.9 25 25 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .962 3.08
1978 Royals CF 35 16 528 78 2.2 76 76 0 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .974 3.89
1978 Royals LF 82 29 1,092 102 1.2 100 95 5 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .980 2.47
1979 Royals CF 24 19 540 74 3.1 72 70 2 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .973 3.60
1979 Royals LF 131 11 15,309 322 2.5 318 308 10 4 0 n/a n/a n/a .988 0.56
1979 Royals RF 5 4 102 10 2.0 10 10 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.65
1980 Royals CF 63 56 1,572 195 3.1 194 193 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .995 3.33
1980 Royals LF 102 101 2,631 301 3.0 296 288 8 5 1 n/a n/a n/a .983 3.04
1981 Royals CF 18 17 444 58 3.2 58 55 3 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.53
1981 Royals LF 84 82 2,208 259 3.1 255 244 11 4 2 n/a n/a n/a .985 3.12
1982 Royals CF 20 18 477 71 3.6 71 70 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.02
1982 Royals LF 118 117 3,006 315 2.7 310 307 3 5 0 n/a n/a n/a .984 2.78
1983 Royals CF 75 69 1,797 219 2.9 214 214 0 5 0 n/a n/a n/a .977 3.22
1983 Royals LF 64 63 1,653 145 2.3 140 137 3 5 0 n/a n/a n/a .966 2.29
1984 Royals CF 128 128 3,387 388 3.0 384 378 6 4 2 n/a n/a n/a .990 3.06
1985 Royals CF 140 140 3,732 386 2.8 384 380 4 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .995 2.78
1986 Royals CF 155 149 3,915 421 2.7 418 413 5 3 3 n/a n/a n/a .993 2.88
1987 Royals CF 143 142 3,663 346 2.4 345 342 3 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .997 2.54
1988 Royals CF 142 141 3,582 370 2.6 366 364 2 4 0 n/a n/a n/a .989 2.76
1989 Royals CF 108 95 2,493 260 2.4 254 252 2 6 0 n/a n/a n/a .977 2.75
1990 Royals CF 48 41 1,050 91 1.9 91 91 0 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.34
1990 Royals LF 54 39 1,077 93 1.7 93 92 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.33
1990 Royals RF 4 1 45 6 1.5 6 6 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.60
1991 Athletics CF 33 23 636 67 2.0 66 66 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .985 2.80
1991 Athletics LF 41 26 774 84 2.0 82 81 1 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .976 2.86
1991 Athletics RF 19 14 378 30 1.6 30 29 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.14
1992 Athletics CF 118 98 2,709 360 3.1 353 351 2 7 2 n/a n/a n/a .981 3.52
1992 Athletics RF 3 2 66 5 1.7 5 5 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.05
1993 Cubs CF 82 39 1,233 112 1.4 111 110 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .991 2.43
1994 Cubs CF 10 3 117 9 0.9 9 9 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.08
CF Totals 1,357 1,201 32,148 3,539 2.6 3,498 3,465 33 41 11 n/a n/a n/a .988 2.94
LF Totals 676 468 27,750 1,621 2.4 1,594 1,552 42 27 5 n/a n/a n/a .983 1.55
RF Totals 31 21 591 51 1.6 51 50 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.33
19 Years 2,064 1,690 60,489 5,211 2.5 5,143 5,067 76 68 16 n/a n/a n/a .987 2.30

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Willie Wilson Miscellaneous Stats

1976 Royals 2 1 .667 0 6 0 0.0 3.0 0.0 - - -
1977 Royals 6 3 .667 0 5 2 0.0 4.3 34.0 - - -
1978 Royals 46 12 .793 2 42 6 0.0 6.0 12.4 - - -
1979 Royals 83 12 .874 0 8 2 98.0 6.4 12.0 - - -
1980 Royals 79 10 .888 3 0 0 235.0 8.7 14.4 - - -
1981 Royals 34 8 .810 0 0 0 439.0 10.5 13.7 - - -
1982 Royals 37 11 .771 1 0 0 195.0 7.2 12.7 - - -
1983 Royals 59 8 .881 3 1 0 288.0 7.7 17.5 - - -
1984 Royals 47 5 .904 0 0 0 270.5 9.7 12.3 - - -
1985 Royals 43 11 .796 0 1 0 151.3 6.4 14.1 - - -
1986 Royals 34 8 .810 6 0 0 70.1 6.5 14.3 - - -
1987 Royals 59 11 .843 1 1 2 152.5 6.9 20.3 - - -
1988 Royals 35 7 .833 4 1 0 591.0 5.6 16.0 - - -
1989 Royals 24 6 .800 4 5 1 127.7 4.9 8.9 - - -
1990 Royals 24 6 .800 11 7 1 153.5 5.4 7.3 - - -
1991 Athletics 20 5 .800 23 11 9 0.0 6.8 10.5 - - -
1992 Athletics 28 8 .778 12 8 5 0.0 6.1 10.7 - - -
1993 Cubs 7 2 .778 42 1 n/a 221.0 5.5 20.1 - - -
1994 Cubs 1 0 1.000 7 3 n/a 0.0 3.5 0.0 - - -
19 Years 668 134 .833 119 100 28 188.6 6.8 13.2 - - -

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Willie Wilson Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1976 Kansas City Royals 19 $19,000.00 - -
1977 Kansas City Royals 32 $19,800.00 - -
1978 Kansas City Royals 6 $23,200.00 - -
1979 Kansas City Royals 6 $26,100.00 - -
1980 Kansas City Royals 6 $185,000.00 - Stats
1981 Kansas City Royals 6 $185,000.00 - -
1982 Kansas City Royals 6 $450,000.00 Stats -
1983 Kansas City Royals 6 $460,000.00 Stats -
1984 Kansas City Royals 6 $470,000.00 - -
1985 Kansas City Royals 6 $843,750.00 - Stats
1986 Kansas City Royals 6 $1,175,000.00 - -
1987 Kansas City Royals 6 $1,389,706.00 - -
1988 Kansas City Royals 6 $1,383,712.00 - -
1989 Kansas City Royals 6 $2,112,205.00 - -
1990 Kansas City Royals 6 $800,000.00 - -
1991 Oakland Athletics 16 $1,000,000.00 - -
1992 Oakland Athletics 6 $1,100,000.00 - -
1993 Chicago Cubs 6 $700,000.00 - -
1994 Chicago Cubs 6 $700,000.00 - n/a
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Did you know that Willie Wilson had a Major League leading 230 hits in 1980 (AL Top 25 / NL Top 25 ), and he set a new American League record for hits in a season by a switch hitter ? The National League record for most hits in a season by a switch hitter was set by Pete Rose in 1973 , who also had exactly 230 hits, making Wilson and Rose each tied for the Major League mark.

Did you know that Willie Wilson was the first player in baseball history with 700-or-more at-bats in the same season (1980), a feat since duplicated by Juan Samuel (1984), Ichiro Suziki (2004) and Jimmy Rollins (2007)?

Willie Wilson hung up his playing cleats in 1994, having 668 steals on his baseball card, prompting baseball historian Bill James ( The New Bill James Historical Abstract , Page 759) to write, "I still believe that Wilson may have been the fastest man ever to play major league baseball. He was the only man I ever saw that the shortstop couldn't play at normal depth, because if he did Wilson would be at first base before he picked up the ball."

Eight players had more steals than Willie Wilson when he retired: Lou Brock (938 SB), Billy Hamilton (912 SB), Ty Cobb (897 SB), Arlie Latham (742 SB), Eddie Collins (741 SB), Max Carey (738 SB), Honus Wagner (723 SB), Joe Morgan (689 SB). Except for Latham , all the other players in that list are in the Hall of Fame.

Because of those steals, and so much more, Willie Wilson was inducted into the Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame in 2000 ( Link ): "Blazing speed and daring plays made Wilson a dynamic force for Kansas City. He was the 1981 Royals Player of the Year and a two-time All-Star selection. He won the 1982 American League batting title (.332). In 1979, Wilson led the league and set a club record with 83 stolen bases. In 1980, he became the second player in MLB history with 100 hits from each side of the plate. That same year he also won a Gold Glove for defensive excellence. Wilson led the league in triples five times and set all-time Royals records with an amazing 13 career inside-the-park home runs and 612 stolen bases." The official video:


Willie Wilson | Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame | Class of 2000
At the completion of the 1980 season Hillerich & Bradsby, the maker of Louisville Slugger bats, devised an award - the Silver Slugger Award - to honor the best offensive player at each position. The first three American League outfielders to win were: Ben Oglivie (1st Milwaukee Brewer to win), Al Oliver (1st Texas Ranger to win) and Willie Wilson (1st Kansas City Royal to win).

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