Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 2008
Dick Williams embodied a hard-nosed style that brought success to previously underachieving teams. A big league player for 13 seasons, Williams would skipper the Boston Red Sox, Oakland A's, California Angels, Montreal Expos, San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners during a 21-year career. Only the second manager, along with Bill McKechnie, to win pennants with three different clubs, he won World Series titles with the A's in 1972 and 1973, an American League pennant with the Red Sox in 1967 and a National League flag with the Padres in 1984. Williams ended his career with 1,571 wins and 1,451 losses.