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Dick Williams Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: May 07, 1929 in St. Louis, Missouri
Died: July 07, 2011 in Henderson, Nevada
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Full name Richard Hirschfeld Williams
Born May 7, 1929, St. Louis, Missouri
Died July 7, 2011, Las Vegas, Nevada
First Game: June 10, 1951; Final Game: October 1, 1964
Managed First Game: April 12, 1967; Managed Final Game: June 5, 1988
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 6' 0" Weight: 190
Father of Rick Williams

Selected to the Hall of Fame in 2008
Named Major League Manager of the Year by The Sporting News (1967)

This article was written by Jeff Angus and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research

Dick Williams's intense competitiveness and versatility earned him 13 years as a major league utility player. He parlayed those strengths into one of baseball's most successful managerial careers, though not one of the winningest, and the record suggests that he was probably one of the two finest managerial turnaround artists1 between Joe McCarthy and Lou Piniella.

As a rookie manager, he inherited a Boston Red Sox team that had finished ninth in the ten-team American League for the previous two seasons. He and his coaches improved them by 20 wins, and took them to the 1967 World Series. He was only the second manager in baseball history2 to win pennants for three different teams (Boston, Oakland and San Diego).

His no-nonsense, aggressive personal and tactical approaches electrified the fortunes of other franchises. In Williams's first year with the Oakland A's, 1971, they won the A.L. Western Division championship, then won the '72 and '73 World Series. The expansion Montréal Expos responded to his guidance to be in a position to go to their first-ever playoffs in 1981, though he was fired before the end of the season. And the skipper pushed what had been arguably the most underachieving expansion franchise in baseball history, the San Diego Padres, to their first World Series after a 13-year history with only one campaign at or above .500. He ranks 18th on the all-time managerial win list with 1,571 wins and 1,451 losses over 21 seasons.

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