Mike Wilson (wilsomi01)
Samuel Marshall Wilson
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10½", *Weight 160 lb.
- School Lehigh University, Syracuse University
- Debut June 4, 1921
- Final Game September 5, 1921
- Born December 2, 1896 in Edge Hill, PA USA
- Died May 16, 1978 in Boynton Beach, FL USA
Mike Wilson was a catcher 14 years (1915-1928), seven in college (1915-1921) and eight in the minors (1921-1928) and a cup of coffee in 1921. He was born on Wednesday, December 2, 1896, in Edge Hill, PA. He graduated from High School in 1915 at age 18. He then attended Lehigh University and Syracuse University (1915-1921).
He broke into Organized Baseball in 1921 at age 24. Wilson was 24 years old when he broke into the big leagues on June 4, 1921, with the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he was hitless in 4 plate appearances in 4 games and played his final MLB game on September 5, 1921 at age 24.
He returned to the minors with Newark in the International League (IL) (1922); New Haven in the Eastern League (EL) (1924); Bridgeport (EL) 1924-1925; Scranton in the New York-Pennsylvania League (NYP) (1925); Newark (IL) (1926); Rochester (IL) (1927); and Williamsport - Wilkes-Barre (NYP) (1928); ending his baseball career at age 31.
In 1925, his best year in the minors, he had 2 home runs and 25 RBI at (.246). Overall in the minors, he had 4 home runs and 75 RBI.
Wilson served in the U.S. Marines Corps during both World War I and World War II (BN). He played professional football as an end with the Rock Island team in the 1923-24 season. He was an assistant to football commissioner Bert Bell and retired in 1962 as supervisor of NFL officials. He died at age 81 in Boynton Beach, FL on May 16, 1978, was cremated and is interred at Boynton Beach Cemetery in Boynton Beach.
Principal sources for Mike Wilson (wilsomi01) include newspaper obituaries (OB), government Veteran records (VA,CM,CW), Stars & Stripes (S&S), Sporting Life (SL), The Sporting News (TSN), The Sports Encyclopedia:Baseball 2006 by David Neft & Richard Cohen (N&C), old Who's Who in Baseballs (none) (WW), old Baseball Registers (none) (BR) , old Daguerreotypes by TSN (none) (DAG), Stars&Stripes (S&S), The Baseball Necrology by Bill Lee (BN), Pat Doyle's Professional Ballplayer DataBase (PD), The Baseball Library (BL), Baseball in World War II Europe by Gary Bedingfield (GB) ; The International League: Year-by-year Statistics, 1884-1953 by Marshall D. Wright; and independent research by Walter Kephart (WK) and Frank Russo (FR) and others.