Albert Williams (baseball)

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Albert Williams
Pitcher
Born: (1954-05-06) May 6, 1954 (age 63)
Pearl Lagoon, Nicaragua
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 7, 1980, for the Minnesota Twins
Last MLB appearance
September 26, 1984, for the Minnesota Twins
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 35-38
Strikeouts 262
Earned run average 4.64
Teams

Albert Hamilton Williams DeSouza is an Afro-Nicaraguan former professional baseball pitcher. He played all or part of five seasons in Major League Baseball, from 1980 until 1984, all for the Minnesota Twins.

Williams was originally signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an amateur free agent in 1975. He pitched two seasons in the Pirates minor league system, but was released by Pittsburgh because the Nicaraguan Government would not grant him a visa to leave the country to play baseball in the United States. This prompted Williams to sign up with the Sandinista rebels and he was engaged in jungle fighting against the forces of Anastasio Somoza from 1977 through 1978 during the Nicaraguan Revolution.[1]

In 1979, Williams had to be smuggled out of Nicaragua and was signed a contract to play in the Inter-American League,[2] where he pitched for the Caracas Metropolitanos and Panama Banqueros clubs. He then joined the Minnesota organization in 1980, where he spent five years. In 1984, he was the starting pitcher in the Twins season opener against the Detroit Tigers at the Metrodome.[2]

In between, Williams played six seasons in the Venezuelan Winter League, making an appearance with the Tiburones de La Guaira in the 1983 Caribbean Series.[3]

Baseball Career[edit]

Minnesota Twins[edit]

1980[edit]

On May 7th, 1980, Albert Williams was called up to the Majors to make his debut against the Baltimore Orioles as a starter for 3 innings. In this game, he allowed 7 hits (making one of them a home run and having all four runs as earned) no walks, and struck out 2 batters.

On September 9th, Williams started the game against the Milwaukee Brewers and finished it with having 6 hits off him: both runs as earned, 1 one strikeout, no homers allowed and allowing only 2 walks. Williams earned himself an ERA of 3.81 this game and won with the score of 15-2. [4]

As a rookie in the Majors with the Twins, Williams pitched 18 games with a record of 6 wins and 2 lost and an ERA of 3.51. Out of the 18 games, 9 of them were as a starter and 3 of them were complete games. He pitched 77 innings, allowing 73 hits (9 of them being home runs). Williams struck out 35 batters and walked 30, having 33 runs scored on him. [5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Empire Strikes Out: How Baseball Sold U.S. Foreign Policy and Promoted the American Way Abroad, by Robert Elias, p. 216. (Google Books result)
  2. ^ a b Pitcher for Twins has intriguing past. The New York Times. Retrieved on March 9, 2016.
  3. ^ Venezuelan Winter League pitching statistics. Pura Pelota. Retrieved on March 9, 2016.
  4. ^ "Albert Williams 1980 Pitching Gamelogs | Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-05-04. 
  5. ^ "Albert Williams". baseball-players.pointafter.com. Retrieved 2017-05-04. 

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