Willie Wilson was born July 9, 1955.
Wilson was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the first round of the 1974 MLB draft.
After a couple years in the minors, and sporadic appearances in the majors, Wilson established himself as a mainstay for the Royals in 1979 when he batted .315 and led the league in stolen bases (83) and singles (148).
In 1980 he won the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards.
During the Royals 1985 championship season, Wilson hit .278, and led the majors in triples (21).
The two-time All-Star outfielder retired in 1994, finishing 12th all-time in stolen bases (668).
In 2000, Wilson was inducted to the Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame.