Willie may have not been known for his power, but he accumulated a respectable 2,210 hits in his career.
Although the Mets began the 2005 season 0-5, Willie then led them to six consecutive wins for the first time since 2003.
Throughout his seventeen year career, Willie racked up only 54 home runs.
Willie finished second in the 2006 National League Manager of the Year Award voting to Florida Marlins manager Joe Girardi.
Willie grew up in New York City.
Willie finished his playing career with the Mets in 1992.
Although Willie was considered by some to be one of the greatest at turning double plays, he never won a Gold Glove award.
During his career, Willie walked more than 80 times in seven seasons.
Willie made his Major League debut with Pittsburgh in 1975.
In 1980, Willie led the American League in walks with 119.
On April 10th, 2005, Willie earned his first win as a manager in a 6-1 defeat over Atlanta. The team had been 0-5 up until this point.
Willie is one of six former Mets players to return and manage the team. The others are Gil Hodges, Yogi Berra, Joe Torre, Bud Harrelson, and Bobby Valentine.
Willie is the first African American to manage the New York Mets.
Willie has World Series rings from 1977 and 1978.
Willie was a coach for the New York Yankees for eleven seasons.
In 2006, Willie led the Mets to their first division title since 1988.
Willie has appeared with Joe Torre on several commercials for Subway.
Willie was a six-time All Star during his playing career.