If Dan Wilson had played on the East Coast and been a little more flashy he probably would have been more of a household name to baseball fans, but the former Barrington High School star was always appreciated by his peers and those in what became his second home of Seattle. And the Mariners are showing their appreciation by inducting Wilson into their Hall of Fame along with a pretty well-known pitcher named Randy Johnson on Saturday at Safeco Field.
Wilson played his first two years in the big leagues with the Cincinnati Reds and then went to Seattle for 12 seasons and established himself as a solid force behind the organization's rise to prominence in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Wilson hit .262 for his career and ranks in the top 10 in 10 of the team's all-time offensive categories. But it was defensively where he literally left his mark - retiring with an American League-record career fielding percentage for catchers of .995 that has currently been equaled by A.J. Pierzynski and Joe Mauer.
Wilson, who led Barrington to a Class AA state baseball title in 1986, was an AL all-star in 1996 when he hit .285 with 18 homers and 83 RBI. Wilson and Johnson join players Alvin Davis, Jay Buhner and Edgar Martinez and announcer Dave Niehaus as the only members of the Mariners' HOF. Wilson and his wfife continue to have an impact in the Seattle community through their work with various charities.