Billy Williams (right fielder)
June 13, 1932|
Newberry, South Carolina
|Died: June 11, 2013
|August 15, 1969 for the Seattle Pilots|
Last MLB appearance
|August 20, 1969 for the Seattle Pilots|
|Runs batted in||0|
William Williams (June 13, 1932 – June 11, 2013) was an professional baseball player. He appeared in four games in Major League Baseball for the Seattle Pilots in 1969. He also had an extensive minor league baseball career, spanning eighteen seasons from 1952 to 1969.
After two seasons with the independent Norton Braves of the Mountain State League. Williams signed with the Cleveland Indians as an amateur free agent in 1954. Williams spent most of his eighteen seasons in the Indians' farm system in the outfield, however, he also played some first and third as well. He pitched in one game for the Hawaii Islanders in 1968, striking out two and not giving up a hit in two innings of work.
During his brief major league career, Williams made twelve plate appearances, drawing a walk, but not collecting a hit in any of his official at bats. He was also hit by a pitch once, and scored his only career run on an ensuing Tommy Davis single. He was 37 years old when he made his major league debut.
Williams spent eleven seasons coaching in the Cleveland Indians organization. In 1990 and 1991, he served as a coach at the Major League level under John McNamara.
From 2000–2004, Williams coached hitting and third base, while also working with outfielders and base runners for the Sioux Falls Canaries. He became hitting coach for the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball's Sioux City Explorers in 2005, serving as interim manager for the last month of the season. His record was 44–52. In his final season with the Explorers, 2009, he served as bench coach.
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- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
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