Over his 12-year career Mookie Wilson made four postseason appearances, but his first will always be the most memorable. With the New York Mets facing the Boston Red Sox and elimination in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, Wilson avoided getting hit by a wild pitch during his 10th inning at-bat that plated the game-tying run. Later in that at-bat Wilson grounded a ball that trickled under first baseman Bill Buckner’s glove and allowed the winning run to score.
In a victorious Game 7 two nights later, Wilson scored a run and reached base four times, cementing his World Series legacy. Wilson also played three seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays before he retired following the 1991 season. A career .276 hitter with the Mets, Wilson’s 281 stolen bases and 62 triples were franchise records until 2008, when Jose Reyes broke the records. The Mets inducted Wilson into their Hall of Fame in 1996, the same year he earned a bachelor’s degree from Mercy College in New York.
Wilson has worked for the Mets organization in a number of capacities since his retirement, most notably as their first base coach from 1996 to 2002 and again in 2011. Since 2012 he has served in a community relations capacity for the Mets. Recognized as a man of humility, honor and Faith among his peers, Wilson and his wife opened an educational center for girls in the 80’s. He has also released a Gospel album and written a book, Mookie: Life, Baseball, and the ’86 Mets, which was released in 2014.
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