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New York Mets Great Mookie Wilson to Host Scotch Plains-Fanwood Baseball League Clinic on June 18

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Mookie Wilson is looking forward to leading a baseball camp at SPFHS varsity field to support Scotch Plains-Fanwood Baseball League. Credits: John Mooney
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New York Mets legend Mookie Wilson Credits: John Mooney
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Mookie Wilson Camp attendees each get a signed baseball. Credits: John Mooney
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Mookie Wilson will take a group photo with campers on Saturday, June 18. (Pictured above: Jeff Nelson at the 2015 SPFBL camp). Credits: John Mooney
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Mookie Wilson looks at the Game 6 World Series scorecard keept by Red Sox radio broadcaster Joe Castiglione at Foley's in NYC. Credits: John Mooney
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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ – New York Mets great Mookie Wilson, best known for beating out his “little roller up along first” in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, will host a baseball clinic for young players in Scotch Plains on Saturday, June 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Wilson, a 12-year MLB veteran (1980-91) and a member of the Mets Hall of Fame, was a .274 lifetime hitter with 428 runs batted in. Often regarded as the "fastest man in baseball" during his playing days, Wilson was the Mets all-time stolen base leader (281) until Jose Reyes broke the club record in 2008.

In Game 6 of the '86 Series, the Mets trailed the Boston Red Sox, 5-3, going into the bottom of the 10th inning. After retiring Wally Backman and Keith Hernandez, pitcher Calvin Schiraldi gave up three consecutive singles to bring the score to 5-4. Wth runners on first and third. Bob Stanley replaced Schiraldi and during Wilson's 10-pitch at-bat threw a wild pitch that scored Kevin Mitchell and evened the game.

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Wilson later famously hit a ball up the first base line that went under the glove of veteran first baseman Bill Buckner. The play scored Ray Knight with the winning run and salvaged a game in which the Mets twice were "a strike away" from elimination. Two days later, the Amazin's won the championship.

Following his playing career, Wilson served as the Mets first base coach for eight seasons (1996-2002; 2011). From 2003-04, he managed the Rookie League Kingsport Mets team. In 2005, he led the club’s Single-A Brooklyn Cyclones to a 40-36 record. In 2013, Wilson managed the U.S. National Team in the All-Star Futures Game at Citi Field in a game that featured rising MLB stars, including Noah Syndergaard.

Hosted by the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Baseball League (SPFBL), the Mookie Wilson Clinic will take place at the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School varsity field. In 2015, SPFBL hosted a pitching clinic with former Yankee reliever Jeff Nelson, also a World Series champion. Proceeds will go toward deferring the costs of sending the league's 12U team to Cooperstown this summer.

"For me, it's all about the kids. I love being out there with them and working with them," said Wilson at a book signing at Foley's Pub, Manhattan's top baseball bar, last week while he was in town for the 1986 Mets anniversary weekend. "I've done a lot of these clinics, and they are a lot of fun."

Wilson will cover hitting, base stealing and outfield play during the clinic. Participants will get to pose for a picture and receive an autographed baseball from the Mets legend.

Mookie Wilson Baseball Camp
Date: Saturday, June 18, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m. -- 1:00 p.m.
Place: Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Varsity Field
Cost: $110
Camp includes:

  • Baseball clinic with NY Mets Legend and 1986 World Series Champion Mookie Wilson
  • Limited Edition Mookie Wilson Clinic T-shirt
  • Autographed baseball by Mookie Wilson
  • Photo with Mookie (provided digitally)
  • Pizza lunch and bottled water

The clinic is limited to 100 participants. The fee is $110 and proceeds will help send SPFBL's 12U team to the 2016 Cooperstown Tournament.  Register at http://spfraiders.leagueapps.com/events/97767-mookie-wilson-baseball-camp.

Mookie Wilson appearance arranged by SPFBL supporter Joe Quagliano of MINT PROS, which arranges stadium tours and other events with Mets and Yankees greats. For questions, email spfraidersbaseball@aol.com.

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