On This Day In Baseball History: October 4, 1980

Willie Wilson


Kansas City Royals outfielder Willie Wilson sets two records and joins an extremely exclusive club as his Royals destroy the Twins 17-1. Wilson becomes the first player to have 700 at-bats in a season, set a new AL record for singles in a season with 184, and joined Garry Templeton as the second switch hitter to collect 100 hits from each side of the plate in the same season. Wilson also led the AL in runs with 133 and triples with 15. He won both the Silver Slugger and Gold Glove awards and finished fourth in the AL MVP voting.


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