Monday, November 17, 2014

no. 350 - billy williams

Who is the man: Billy Williams produced his best season to date in 1970, hitting 42 home runs, knocking in 129 runs and batting .322 for the Cubs. He finished second in the NL MVP voting behind Johnny Bench.

Can ya dig it: Williams looks young in all of his baseball card photos, until he grows a beard near the end of his career.

Right on: I am quite happy about the condition of this card. Only some minor nicks on the bottom corners.

You see this cat Williams is a bad mother: An incredibly consistent hitter, Williams made the Hall of Fame in 1987 and held the NL record for most consecutive games played until Steve Garvey broke it.

Shut your mouth: Williams struggled with his fielding early in his career. Ron Santo, who would be his long-time teammate, remembered Williams' problems while the two were in the minor leagues. "He played first base and he couldn't even catch pop-ups," Santo said.

No one understands him but his woman: Williams married someone also named Williams, Shirley Williams.

(A word about the back): Williams' consecutive games played streak ended in 1970 when Cubs manager Leo Durocher gave him the day off on Sept. 3 against the Phillies.

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