Wilson is best known for hitting 36 triples for the Pirates in 1912. This was easily the highest figure in organized baseball history. A lefthanded line drive hitter, he hit 24 of the triples in spacious Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. He also hit 31 of his 59 career home runs inside the park. The tall and taciturn Texan was a good outfielder with a strong throwing arm. With the Cardinals in 1914 he led the NL in assists and fielding percentage. He was the only National Leaguer to play the full schedule of games in 1912 and 1913, and would have been in 1914 as well but sat out the last two games to prepare for the St. Louis city series. He batted only .154 in seven Series games against the Tigers in 1909.