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Hall of Fame manager Dick Williams dies

Posted on: July 7, 2011 4:47 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2011 11:10 am
 
By Evan Brunell

WilliamsHall of Fame manager Dick Williams has passed away due to a brain aneurysm, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Williams (photo, right) was 82 years old and had lived in Las Vegas since retiring there in 1991. He had two World Series titles with the Athletics in 1972 and '73 and also led the Red Sox to the AL pennant during the Impossible Dream year of 1967, the same season Carl Yastrzemski won the Triple Crown -- the last player to ever accomplish the feat.

That was Williams' first season as a manager. He was 38. He spent three years in town and gained a reputation as a no-nonsense disciplinarian, taking over the A's in 1971 and departing after the '73 World Series, moving to a three-year stint with the California Angels. The well-traveled skipper then took over the Expos for three full seasons before being fired in the midst of the Expos' stretch drive when his act alienated players.

He then skippered San Diego for four years, winning the NL pennant in 1984, then wrapped up his career with three years in Seattle, retiring at age 59. All told, Williams managed from 1967 to 1988 -- except the 1970 season -- and racked up a 1,571-1,451 record. He is the only manager to win pennants with three different teams. Williams' claim to fame was turning teams into winners, as Boston, Montreal, Oakland and San Diego can attest to.

But that's not all Williams was known for. He played first base, third base and outfield during a 13-season career started in Brooklyn. He eventually moved to Baltimore, Cleveland, Kansas City and ended his playing career with two years in Boston from 1963-64, retiring with 3,265 plate appearances and a .260/.312/.392 line. Early on, he was a bench player, but from 1956-61 he racked up 2,607 plate appearances. His career high for games-played in a season was 130 in 1959.

Williams joined the Hall of Fame in 2008 following induction by the Veterans Committee, and he chose to wear an Oakland cap.

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Since: Jun 9, 2011
Posted on: July 8, 2011 10:25 am
 

Hall-of-Fame manager Dick Williams dies

One of my favorite World Series memories came with the A's Vs the Reds.  Johnny Bench, I believe was at the plate with a 2 strike count, and the runner if I remember right stole second.  Dick pops out of the dugout and heads to the mound pointing at first base.  The catcher points to first, the pitcher points to first, and Dick points to first a few more times.  They are walking Bench right?  Wrong!  The catcher stands up as they are walking him, then the pitcher throws a perfect strike as the catcher jumps back behind the plate.  Bench slinks back to the dugout with the bat on his shoulder.  A brilliant move by Dick.  Rest in peace Dick.



Since: Oct 6, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2011 2:10 am
 

Hall-of-Fame manager Dick Williams dies

How Dick Williams was able to lead the dysfunctional "Mustache Gang" A's to World Championships while dealing with the meddling and eccentric Charlie Finley is beyond me. 

The fact that he went into the Hall wearing an Oakland A's cap shows the ties that he had to the area and team.

Thanks for the fond memories Dick Williams, RIP.



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2011 1:51 am
 

Hall-of-Fame manager Dick Williams dies

moron
that was for argo444
iffy, it might have been helpful if you'd disclosed why you consider me a moron.  In considering that weighty question, you might want to look over my post of a few minutes ago. 
Till then, I guess we can draw our own separate conclusions as to which of us is the moron.



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2011 1:46 am
 

Hall-of-Fame manager Dick Williams dies

Sorry, that's "obituaries", not "obituraries".  I'm glad to correct my mistakes.  I hope others will correct theirs.



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2011 1:43 am
 

Hall-of-Fame manager Dick Williams dies

Dude . . . Other than the date, which is pretty self evident that it's TODAY, the rest of it is spelled out in the first three sentences.  Very clearly it states he died of a brain aneurysm and that he has lived in Vegas since retiring, so the place would be Los Vegas.

Dude (a/k/a BuccinGator), referring to my earlier post, I could be mistaken, but I don't think the reference to the aneurysm was in the original version of the story that I commented on; as you can see, the story's been "edited" at least once since it was originally posted, possibly more than once.  Changes are often made to stories after errors or omissions have been pointed out.  Of course, if that reference really was there when I posted, then I apologize. 
But if you think that the fact that the story came out Thursday meant that he also died Thursday, that's what's called a non sequitur; it doesn't follow.  Many obituraries are published on later days; I've seen some that were published months later. 
Similarly, you can't assume that just because he was living in Las Vegas and that the story was datelined from there, that therefore that's where he died.  I've seen numerous examples to the contrary.  You should learn not to jump to such conclusions, and that's another reason the story as originally written was bad--it prompted you to jump to conclusions that might have been mistaken, whatever the facts turned out to be. 
Finally, I'm glad to see you don't dispute my statement that the story omitted any identification of his surviving family. 
So, with the possible exception of the cause-of-death reference, I stand by my post.  You've made more mistakes in yours than I did in mine.



Since: Feb 7, 2009
Posted on: July 7, 2011 9:27 pm
 

Hall-of-Fame manager Dick Williams dies

Hall of Fame to the Halls of Valhalla.

Well deserved on both counts, Mr. Williams.



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