Mets Legend Mookie Wilson Talks Charity Work, Bill Buckner’s Death + More

June 07, 2019 - 3:14 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Mets legend Mookie Wilson was in Stamford Friday at RPM Raceway to help raise money for a local charity.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Stamford-based non-profit Future 5, which helps high school students in underserved areas reach their full potential.

In an interview with WCBS 880’s Mack Rosenberg, Wilson says that he supports the charity because he knows exactly what the students are going through. He grow up in a low-income area of South Carolina and faced many of the same struggles.

“The resources are just not there for a lot of low-income families to give kids the advantages that they need to succeed in life,” he said.

Wilson also spoke about the recent passing of Bill Buckner, the former Red Sox player who recently died after a battle with dementia.

The two baseball legends were inextricably linked in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, when Wilson hit a soft ground ball that rolled passed Buckner at first base, allowing Ray Knight to score the winning run.

“I just wish that everyone could have had the opportunity to sit down with [Bill] and communicate with him the way I did because I learned more about this man than I ever would have, if it had not been for '86," Wilson said.

At the time of Buckner’s passing, Wilson said the two had “developed a friendship that lasted well over 30 years.”

The former Mets outfielder also gave his take on the 2019 Mets, and how his time as a baseball player taught him lessons he still uses as a pastor in South Carolina.

Listen to the full interview with Mookie Wilson and WCBS 880’s Mack Rosenberg above.