Billy Williams

Billy Williams was the 2009 Membership Spokesman. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)Left Fielder

Born: June 15, 1938 at Whistler, AL
Height: 6-1 Weight: 175
Threw right and batted left-handed
Chicago N.L. 1959-1974; Oakland A.L. 1975-1976

Often overshadowed by more flamboyant stars, Billy Leo Williams was a steady performer who seldom missed a start. "People say I'm not an exciting ballplayer," Williams said. "I go out there and catch the ball and hit the ball and play the game like it should be played." Williams accumulated 2,711 hits and 426 home runs during an 18-year career. Manager Leo Durocher once said of Williams, "Well, this year I'm going to give him some rest. But every time I make out my lineup card, I have to put him in there - it would be like scratching Whirlaway and Seabiscuit from the big race."