Wednesday, October 18, 2017
no. 714 - dick williams
Who is the man: Dick Williams spent the 1970 season as a coach with the Expos. He was hired by Oakland owner Charlie Finley to lead a bunch of hard-headed talents for the 1971 season. The A's would win 101 games in Williams' first year.
Can ya dig it: One of the most memorable painted caps in any baseball card set. That hat is straight out of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?"
Right on: You can see the hint of Red Sox lettering on Williams' jersey. Williams managed the Red Sox until 1969.
You see that cat Williams is a bad mother: Williams led three teams -- the Red Sox, the A's and the Padres -- to the World Series. Only one other manager can say that.
Shut your mouth: Williams looked at the Oakland A's as 25 versions of himself and said the animosity they held for the team's owner, Finley, worked in his favor. "It's impossible for even baseball players to truly hate two of their bosses at once," Williams said.
No one understands him but his woman: Williams was married to his wife, Norma, for 57 years. They died 28 days apart in 2011.
(A word about the back): Williams was on the verge of his second AL Manager of the Year award when this card was issued.