Archive for Wednesday, August 19, 2009

T-Bones sign Royals great Willie Wilson

August 19, 2009

The Kansas City T-Bones signed Kansas City Royals Hall of Famer Willie Wilson to a one-day contract for their Saturday, Aug. 22., game against the Joliet JackHammers at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.

Wilson will wear No. 6 and start in center field for the T-Bones. The relationship between T-Bones general manager Chris Browne and Wilson extends back a few decades when Browne was a bat boy for the Royals for seven seasons, beginning with the 1985 World Series season.

Wilson, 54, played for 19 years in the major leagues, including 15 with the Royals from 1976-1990. He then played two seasons with the Oakland A’s and two more with the Chicago Cubs before retiring after the 1994 season.

Wilson will sign autographs and participate in a jersey auction in addition to his appearance in the game. He will donate the money raised from the autograph session and jersey auction, as well as his one-game salary, to charity.

The Willie Wilson Foundation conducts baseball camps and clinics for boys and girls age 7-14 and teams with other organizations to provide services for children in need. Most recently, the foundation teamed up with Team Smile to provide free dental screening and treatment to underserved children.

To learn more about the foundation, go to williewilsonbaseball.org.

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