Dick Williams

Dick Williams cooperstownexpert.com
Birthdate 5/7/1928
Death Date 7/7/2011
Debut Year 1951
Year of Induction 2007
Teams Expos, Padres, Red Sox
Position Manager

Dick Williams and Lou Piniella are the only managers to lead 4 teams to 90+ win seasons.  Williams led 3 teams to the World Series, winning twice.

In the collection:

Dick Williams lifetime pass from National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues

Dick Williams lifetime pass from National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues

One of the great perks of spending a lifetime in the game is a lifetime of free admission. That’s exactly what Dick Williams got when he received this pass from the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues. The NAPBL was the first
Autographed 1973 Dick Williams card

Autographed 1973 Dick Williams card

Dick Williams piloted the Oakland A’s for only three years but won the World Series twice. Though three seasons might seem like a short stint, working for Athletics owner Charlie Finley made the time almost unbearable. After guiding the A’s to the title in 1973, Williams and Oakland beca
Williams weighs in about Oakland owner Finley

Williams weighs in about Oakland owner Finley

In the collection is the first of two handwritten letter in which Dick Williams opines about Athletics owner Charlie Finley. Williams writes, “I was the first manager he had to go longer than one year with him — I managed three years and won division championships all three years plus tw
More from Dick Williams about Finley

More from Dick Williams about Finley

In this letter Dick Williams writes about the Hall of Fame chances for himself and for Charlie Finley. “Mr. Finley is one of fifteen baseball people to be considered for the Hall of Fame this year at the managerial and executive level. I am also one who is considered. The vote was due by the 2
Personal check signed by A's owner Charlie Finley

Personal check signed by A's owner Charlie Finley

In the collection is this personal check signed by Charles O. Finley. For more on Finley here is an excerpt from his SABR biography, “Nearly everyone, including fellow owners, players, the fans of his teams, the media, and the baseball commissioner, disliked or even despised him. When his team
Dick Williams remembers teammate Pee Wee Reese

Dick Williams remembers teammate Pee Wee Reese

Dick Williams was asked to reflect on the life of Pee Wee Reese. Shown here is a Dodger press release announcing Reese’s passing. Williams writes in part, “He was the Captain and a good one. He was class. I always thought he would make a fine manager but I guess he wanted everyone to lik

Stories about Dick Williams

There was no champagne for Red Sox, Lonborg in ‘67

July 20th, 2017

World Series championships are won on the field, not in the newspapers, but the press might have given the Cardinals extra motivation in their epic seven-game battle against the Red Sox in 1967. Boston had to grind it out just to get to the post season. The battle for supremacy in the American League came down to the last day of the regular season with Boston clinging to a half-game lead over Detroit. The Tigers had a double header at home against the Angels while the Red Sox played the Twins at Fenway Park. Boston turned to ace Jim Lonborg for the regular season finale. The 1967 Cy Young Award winner, Gentleman Jim responded with a gutty performance on three days rest going the distance and allowing only one earned run before the sellout crowd at Fenway. The October 1st contest was his 15th complete game of the season. The Tigers, needing a sweep of California won the first game 6-4 but couldn’t contain the Angels in the 8-5 loss in the second game of the twin bill. With the Detroit loss, Boston earned a berth to the World Series against the National Champion St. Louis Cardinals. On only two […]

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Lifetime passes were the brainchild of NL President Ford Frick; here’s a pictorial history

June 18th, 2016

Lifetime pass

A newspaper man turned league publicist turned league president came up with a brilliant idea in 1934 — reward longtime National League players with a lifetime pass to all NL games. Senior Circuit owners approved Ford Frick’s proposal at the league meeting in December of ’34. A few months later, Frick sent out ornately decorated paper Lifetime Passes to the NL’s greatest players. He even sent one to Babe Ruth who appeared in all of 28 games for the Boston Braves in 1935. A 21-year veteran of the American League, the Babe was grateful if not surprised when he remarked, “At least the National League has a heart”. An image of the original paper pass presented to Hall of Fame outfielder Sliding Billy Hamilton can be seen below. A similar pass curiously issued to Stan Coveleski, a lifetime American Leaguer is also shown. Perhaps shamed by Ruth’s remarks, the American League joined forces in 1936 to issue a pass to all Major League contests. Players with twenty or more years of service received a solid gold pass. Seventeen men qualified for the true “golden ticket” — Ruth, Fred Clarke, Ty Cobb, Eddie Collins, Bill Dahlen, Harry Davis, Red Faber, Walter Johnson, […]

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