Gopher alum Dan Wilson Inducted into Mariners HOF

Go Gophers! Wilson at the 2012 Gopher Pro-Alumni Game
Go Gophers!
Wilson at the 2012 Gopher Pro-Alumni Game
Go Gophers!

July 30, 2012

Former Gopher great Dan Wilson (1988-90) was inducted into the Seattle Hall of Fame on Saturday prior to the Mariners game against Kansas City. Playing with the Mariners for 12 of his 14-year Major League Baseball career, the catcher was inducted into the Hall of Fame with batterymate Randy Johnson. Together, the duo played in 104 games and held a 75-29 record.

Wilson joins the likes of Alvin Davis (1997), Dave Niehaus (2000), Jay Buhner (2004) and Edgar Martinez (2006) in the Seattle Hall of Fame. During his time with the Mariners, Wilson was a part of three ALCS teams (1995, 2000, 2001) and three division championship teams (1995, 1997, 2001).

Wilson played for Seattle from 1994-2005 and played in 1,281 Mariner games. While playing for Seattle, the Mariners An all-star selection in 1996, Wilson held a career batting average of .262 and amassed 519 RBI in his 14-year span. Known as one of the best defensive catchers in MLB history, Wilson played in 1,280 career games as a catcher and held a .995 fielding percentage. As he posted 8,112 putouts and 467 assists, Wilson also threw out 117 on the basepaths. Following his professional career, Wilson remained with the Seattle organization as a broadcaster and spring training instructor.

Playing for the Gophers from 1988-90, Wilson was a first-team All-American and All-Big Ten in 1990. Wilson made his mark on the Gopher program as a freshman in 1988 when he was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year when he held a .347 batting average. In his All-American and final Gopher season, Wilson hit .370 in 57 games played and had 49 RBI. He also held a .970 fielding percentage in 50 games played as the Gopher catcher. After his Gopher days, Wilson was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the first round and the seventh overall pick. That pick was the highest Gopher to go in the MLB draft since Paul Molitor to the Brewers in 1977 (third overall).