Billy Williams was a hard-hitting outfielder for the Chicago Cubs and the Oakland Athletics during his eighteen-year Major League career from 1959 to 1976. His first full season in 1961, playing for the Cubs, Williams earned the National League Rookie of the Year award after an impressive year hitting .278 with 147 hits and 25 home runs. Williams continued his success as he was named to the National League All-Star team six times in 1962, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1972, and 1973. In 1970 he led the league in runs, with 137, and hits, with 205, and won the National League batting title in 1972 when he finished the season with a .333 batting average. During the course of his career, Williams accumulated 2,711 hits, 1,475 RBIs, and 426 home runs.
-Michael Rinehart Jr.
July 21, 2012