Williams, Dick

Richard Hirschfeld Williams
Born: May 7, 1929, St. Louis, Missouri
Died: July 7, 2011, Henderson, Nevada
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.

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Induction Speech

[Williams] worked hard, and he proved to me and my teammates that 1967 was a year we will never forget. It was an honor to play for him.
Carl Yastrzemski