Billy Williams

Birthdate6/15/1938
Death Date
Debut Year1959
Year of Induction1987
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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In the collection:

Autographed Billy Williams rookie card

Autographed Billy Williams rookie card

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
Handwritten letter from 5/11/1999

Handwritten letter from 5/11/1999

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

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