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John Owen Wilson
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 185 lb.
- Debut April 15, 1908
- Final Game October 1, 1916
- Born August 21, 1883 in Austin, TX USA
- Died February 22, 1954 in Bertram, TX USA
His record-breaking 1912 season included a stretch of six triples in five games in June, and another of five in five games in August, which includes the game of August 26th when he hit #31 and 32 to tie and break the previous record, held by Dave Orr and Heinie Reitz. Forbes Field was the top place for hitting triples (24 of his 36 triples were hit at home), and his team hit so many that they would have led the league even if Wilson hadn't hit any that year. The National League as a whole hit 685 triples that year, which is still the record.
After his baseball days he went back to Texas and was a rancher.
"Chief Wilson is the same kind of ball player for the Cards that he was for the Pirates -- a magnificent fielder and thrower, a long, but streaky hitter, but merely a mechanical performer, one who shows little life on the ball field." - Sporting Life in 1915
"Chief Wilson was the best all-around man Huggins had in the outfield last season, but the Chief's legs are brittle, and even when not out of the game he is frequently so badly crippled as to rob him of much of his efficiency." - Sporting Life of March 25, 1916
- NL Triples Leader (1912)
- NL RBI Leader (1911)
- 100 RBI Seasons: 1 (1911)
- Won a World Series with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1909
- Triples, season, 36, 1912
- Triples, left handed batter, season, 36, 1912