Billy Williams (umpire)
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Williams started his umpiring career in 1956 in the Evangeline League, before joining the Southwestern League (1957), the South Atlantic League (1958–July 1959) and the International League (July 1959–July 1963).
Major League Baseball career
Williams joined the National League full-time starting in 1963, and officiated in the 1981 National League Division Series, four National League Championship Series' (1972, 1975, 1978, 1982), three World Series (1970, 1976, 1985), and three Major League Baseball All-Star Games (1965, 1973, 1979). He also was the home plate umpire for the 1967 no-hitter hurled by Houston Astros pitcher Don Wilson against the Atlanta Braves.
Williams had planned to retire at the end of the 1987 season, but two injuries ended his career early.
On June 9 of that season he was hit in the right elbow by a wild pitch delivered by Chicago Cubs pitcher Rick Sutcliffe. Then on June 29, Williams' leg was broken on a play at the plate San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park.
In a rundown following a squeeze play, Braves pitcher Zane Smith fielded the bunt and ran to the plate to tag a sliding Joel Youngblood of the San Francisco Giants. As Smith made the tag, he fell over Youngblood and into Williams, who managed to make the call while on his knees.
- "Retrosheet – Bill Williams entry".
- The Sporting News Umpire Card
- Baseball Reference bullpen – Bill Williams entry
- Retrosheet Box Score: Houston Astros 2, Atlanta Braves 0 – Game Played on Sunday, June 18, 1967 (D) at Astrodome.
- "New York Times – Sports People: Uneasy Umpire". The New York Times. July 12, 1987.