Cy Williams

Cy Williams
Birthdate 12/21/1887
Death Date 04/23/1974
Debut Year 1912
Year of Induction
Teams Cubs, Phillies
Position Center Field

Cy Williams was the NL record holder for career homers from 1923-1929. He’s 1 of 3 players born before 1900 to hit at least 200 career HRs.

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Four-time HR champ Cy Williams was the NL's career leader in bombs for six years

Four-time HR champ Cy Williams was the NL's career leader in bombs for six years

Cy Williams is a forgotten slugger from the early part of the 20th-century. He led the NL in homers four times and finished in the top three in the league 11 times. On August 23, 1923 he tied Roger Connor as the NL’s career leader in homers. He held the record until June 29, 1929 when Rogers H
Cy Williams' home run hitting was greatly aided by Philadelphia's Baker Bowl

Cy Williams' home run hitting was greatly aided by Philadelphia's Baker Bowl

A quick look at Cy Williams’ home/road splits reveals how much the Baker Bowl helped his career. Just 86 of his 251 career homers were hit on the road. His batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage slash line is equally as stark. At home Williams slashed .316/.396/538. On the road
Cy Williams was the first National Leaguer to reach 200 career homers

Cy Williams was the first National Leaguer to reach 200 career homers

On the reverse of the 3×5 card autographed signed by Cy Williams. The first NL player to hit 200 homers, he recounts his greatest thrill. “My greatest thrill in baseball was in a Philly-Pirate game in Phila. We were one run behind in 9th – man on 2nd one out. Kremer had me 3 balls &

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