Jan 16, 2014
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Red Sox Nemesis Mookie Wilson Aiding Connecticut First Responders With Cancer

Red Sox Nemesis Mookie Wilson Aiding Connecticut First Responders With Cancer

Mookie Wilson in a photo from Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/slgc/4392882362/in/set-72157623386082561/

Warning: For diehard fans of the 2013 World Champion Red Sox, the opening of this story on the St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound Sports Gala & Auction Jan. 23 is going to sting—as it references an ignominius moment that never stops hurting, not even after the World Series titles of 2004, ’07 and ’13.

The featured speaker at the St. Vincent’s event, being held at Anthony’s Ocean View in New Haven, is none other than Red Sox ultra-nemesis Mookie Wilson, the New York Mets centerfielder who hit the infamous ground ball in extra innings of game six of the 1986 World Series—the ground ball that should have sealed a title for the Sox but instead rolled through first baseman Bill Buckner’s legs, allowed the game-winning run to score, and allowed the Mets to survive to play, and win, game seven and the series.

These days, Wilson is the Team Ambassador to the Mets and a Christian minister, and he’s writing a book about his life. “People know me, but they only know me because of that ground ball,” Wilson told the Daily News in a story last summer. “Basically (the book) is going to provide a little more light on who I am, how I came to be who I am and where I’m headed.”

Born William Hayward Wilson in 1956, Wilson, a native of South Carolina, is known best for being an optimistic switch-hitter and for his time in the World Champion 1986 Mets, St. Vincent’s recounts, saying teammates, colleagues and those who have known him describe Wilson as funny, wise, selfless, generous, a great mentor, and a person who genuinely cares for others.  

This St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound event is about caring for others in a specific and significant way—all proceeds will benefit Connecticut state and local police, corrections officers and EMS and firefighting personnel and their families battling cancer.

The event will begin with a silent auction of sports memorabilia at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 with the sports commentary, and then a live auction. Rich Coppola, the Sports Director FoxCT, is the emcee.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is underwriting the event. Tickets are $100 each, of which $60 is tax deductible. Table sponsorships include 10 seats and are available for $1,000 each. Anthony’s Ocean View is located at 450 Lighthouse Road in New Haven.

To purchase tickets, or for more information, call the St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation office at (203) 576-5451. To learn more about St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound, visit thew website www.swimacrossthesound.org

St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound is a charitable not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization run by the St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation of Bridgeport, CT. Since 1987, the SWIM has had a unique niche helping individuals and families struggling through the difficult changes that cancer it brings with it. The SWIM serves approximately 30,000 people annually by providing over 45 programs, including cancer education, screening, prevention and support programs at low- or no-cost for the uninsured and underinsured. In addition, the SWIM helps individual cancer patients on a case-by-case basis with specific financial assistance, funding of wigs and prostheses, medication assistance, free transportation to treatments and appointments, day-care scholarships, support groups and more. 


Red Sox Nemesis Mookie Wilson Aiding Connecticut First Responders With Cancer

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