SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Young players learned the mechanics of outfield play, got instructions on baserunning, and practiced the art of bunting when Scotch Plains-Fanwood Baseball League hosted a camp run by NY Mets legend Mookie Wilson on Saturday.
Wilson, a switch hitter who was considered the fastest man in baseball during his years with the Mets, was a fan favorite for his hustle and his sunny disposition. Now 60, Wilson, who is in fantastic shape, led by example and rounded the bases still with impressive speed.
Campers broke up in groups led by SPFHS head coach Joe Higgins and members of the varsity team.
"This is a great thing for the league to be able to do," said SPFBL president Chris Bates. "It's a fun day and the kids can walk away having gained some baseball knownledge from a former Major Leaguer. The feedback we've gotten from this event is terrific."
Wilson, who batted .274 and stole 327 bases during a 12-year MLB career, is best remembered for hitting the "little roller" that went through Bill Buckner's legs in Game Six of the 1986 World Series. When asked whether he would have beaten Buckner to the bag had the first baseman fielded it cleanly, Wilson responded with a one-word answer: Yes.