Phillies 1980’s All-Decade Team: Hall of Fame Legends Lead the Way
Wilson was a 25-year old right fielder with a cannon arm and a solid bat when the Phillies traded for him and John Wockenfuss in exchange for Guillermo Hernandez and Dave Bergman. Wilson then began a productive four-year stint as the Phillies starting right fielder.
The 1984 season wasn’t stellar offensively for Wilson, hitting only .240 with six home runs and 31 RBI in 132 games. However, he stepped up his game significantly in 1985, putting together the best overall season of his career. Wilson it .275 with 39 doubles, 14 home runs, and 102 RBI, good enough to make his only All-Star team.
Very consistent, Wilson put together two more seasons with the Phillies 51 doubles, 29 home runs, and 138 RBI combined in 1986 and 1987. Defensively, Wilson was among the league leaders in assists among outfielders, recording 57 from 1985 through 1987. In four seasons with the Phillies, Wilson hit .265 with 111 doubles, 49 home runs, 271 RBI, and 557 hits.
Wilson was traded by the Phillies along with Dave Brundage and Mike Jackson to the Seattle Mariners for Phil Bradley and Tom Fortugno. He went on to play half a season in Seattle, and parts of four seasons for the Astros and Pirates before retiring in 1993.
Honorable mention: Gary Matthews, Milt Thompson