- Born: December 22, 1958 in Baytown, Texas
- Bats: Right Throws: Right
- Height: 6′ 1″ Weight: 190 lbs.
- Acquired: Drafted by the Tigers in the 1st round (18th pick) of the 1980 amateur draft.
- Seasons in Detroit: 2 (1982-83)
- Uniform Number: 12
- Stats: .278 avg., 23 HR, 99 RBI, .739 OPS
Twenty-seven years ago this past March, the Tigers orchestrated the trade that all but secured their 1984 World Series championship.
In case you’ve forgotten, on March 24 that year, the Tigers sent Glenn Wilson and catcher/first baseman extraordinaire John Wockenfuss to the Phillies for lefty reliever Willie Hernandez and first baseman Dave Bergman.
Certainly it worked out well that year, but I was disappointed that the Tigers traded one of my favorite players –Wilson – and one that Tigers many fans loved for his versatility, his name and his funky batting stance, Wockenfuss.
But back to the beginning.
Wilson made his major-league debut for the Tigers on Opening Day in Detroit against the Blue Jays on April 15, 1982. A rash of injuries to Tigers regulars — Eddie Miller (!) and Rick Leach — led the club to recall the 23-year-old Wilson and Howard Johnson from Triple-A Evansville.
“I was with the Tigers, not on the roster, during spring training,” Wilson told Tom Loomis of the Toledo Blade. “I never expected to be up here this year. I figured what I had to do was work hard down there and I’d get a good shot at the majors next year.”