William Hayward Wilson
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Mookie Wilson, from Bamberg, South Carolina, was always a fan favorite. Fans would start chanting, "Mookie! Mookie!" when he came to bat. He won over even more fans with an improbable play in the 1986 World Series.
The Red Sox were one out away from winning Game Six of the World Series against the Mets. Wilson came to bat and faced Red Sox pitcher Bob Stanley. Wilson and Stanley battled until Stanley threw a pitch in the dirt near Wilson's feet. Wilson jumped over the ball to avoid being hit by the pitch. The errant throw allowed Kevin Mitchell to score from third base and tie the game. Met Ray Knight advanced from first to second base.
Two pitches later, Wilson hit a slow roller toward 1B Bill Buckner. Buckner misplayed the ball, allowing it to roll through his legs, giving Knight the chance to score from second base.
Arm surgery in 1985 and Wilson's low on-base percentage led to more playing time for Lenny Dykstra. In 1989, Wilson was traded to the Blue Jays. He helped to lead his new club to a title that year.
In his career, Wilson had 19 hits in 29 at-bats in the post season, including 4 RBI and 6 stolen bases.