Billy Williams

Billy Williams
Birthdate 6/15/1938
Death Date
Debut Year 1959
Year of Induction 1987
Teams Athletics, Cubs
Positions First Base, Left Field

The 1961 Rookie of the Year, Billy Williams was a six-time All Star for the Cubs. In 1999 he was selected to the team’s All-Century squad.

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Billy Williams 25 homers and 86 RBI in 1961 earned him the Rookie of the Year Award

Billy Williams 25 homers and 86 RBI in 1961 earned him the Rookie of the Year Award

Billy Williams burst onto the scene with the Cubs in 1961 hitting 25 homers with 86 runs batted in to win the Rookie of the Year Award. In the collection is Williams’ first Topps cards which he has signed boldly over his uniform. Williams would hit 20 or more homers in each of his first 13 ful
Billy Williams remained close to the Chicago Cubs franchise after retirement

Billy Williams remained close to the Chicago Cubs franchise after retirement

As a member of the Cubs traveling party, Billy Williams was highly visible at the close of the 1990s. Shown here is a handwritten letter on Dodger letterhead. Williams signed it on May 11, 1999 the same night the Cubs doubled up on the Dodgers 10-5. The win evened the Cubs record in the young season
Billy Williams' induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame came on July 26, 1987

Billy Williams' induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame came on July 26, 1987

Cooperstown opened its doors to three baseball legends in the summer of ’87. The baseball writers chose five-time World Series champ Jim “Catfish” Hunter and Sweet Swinging Billy Williams of the Oakland A’s. Negro League great Ray Dandridge was the Veterans Committee’s
Billy Williams was 14th on the all-time home run list when he retired

Billy Williams was 14th on the all-time home run list when he retired

Billy Williams enjoyed an 18-year big league career that put him in the Hall of Fame. By the time he retired in 1976, Williams’ 426 homers ranked 14th all time. The major leagues were more than a century old by the time Williams retired his sweet swing. One of the players who has since passed

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