Williams, Billy

Billy Leo Williams
Born: June 15, 1938, Whistler, Alabama
Played For: 
Chicago Cubs (1959-1974), Oakland A's (1975-1976)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1987

Soft-spoken Billy Williams let his bat do the talking for 18 seasons. His picture-perfect swing produced 2,711 hits, a .290 career average and 426 home runs. The six-time All-Star was the National League Rookie of the Year in 1961 and The Sporting News Player of the Year in 1972, when he led the league with a .333 batting average while also hitting 37 home runs and driving in 122 runs. He held the National League mark for consecutive games played (1,117) until it was surpassed by Steve Garvey.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that while playing for San Antonio in the Texas League, Billy Williams was tutored by Hall of Fame hitting legend and Cubs coach Rogers Hornsby?
A slump starts in your head and winds up in your stomach. You know that eventually it will happen, and you begin to worry about it. Then you know you're in one. And it makes you sick.