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Hall of Fame manager Dick Williams dies at 82
AP ^ | July 07, 2011

Posted on 07/07/2011 4:34:17 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement

Hall of Fame manager Dick Williams, who won two World Series titles with Oakland and led two other franchises to pennants, has died. He was 82. Williams died from a ruptured aortic aneurysm at a hospital near his home in Henderson, Nev., the Hall of Fame said.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: athletics; baseball; bostonredsox; californiaangels; dickwilliams; mlb; montrealexpos; oakland; oaklandathletics; sandiegopadres; seattlemariners; williams
Those Oakland teams were colorful to say the least.
1 posted on 07/07/2011 4:34:27 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement

I will never forget 1984 when the Padres lost the first two games in the five game NLCS series to the Cubs and came home to sweep three. I am sure you Cubs fans will never forget it either.


2 posted on 07/07/2011 4:41:45 PM PDT by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Glory days.

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3 posted on 07/07/2011 4:43:53 PM PDT by labette ( Humble student of Thinkology)
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To: forgotten man

Ex-Cub Craig Lefferts won two games in that series, setup man for Gossage.


4 posted on 07/07/2011 4:47:08 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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Despite his achievements, a very underrated manager. If Earl Weaver had achieved the World Series success that Dick Williams did, the trophy would have been named for him


5 posted on 07/07/2011 4:50:11 PM PDT by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: Artemis Webb

ping


6 posted on 07/07/2011 4:52:46 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: ConservativeStatement
"... Those Oakland teams were colorful to say the least."

No kidding.

"Wow, have you seen that new Reggie Jackson kid on the As? He sure can swing a bat."

7 posted on 07/07/2011 4:54:39 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: ConservativeStatement; All
Managerial record

Player record

Wikipedia article

NYT article

8 posted on 07/07/2011 4:57:17 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: ConservativeStatement

He left some good memories here in San Diego,
Loved to watch him load a mouth full of sunflower seeds
and spit the hulls out one at a time over the course
of several innings.
Lived in the Coronado Cays for a while. Nice Man.
Rest in Peace Skipper.


9 posted on 07/07/2011 4:58:41 PM PDT by Pompah
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To: The KG9 Kid
Rollie Fingers told a story once about Jackson. I hope I don't pass along a detail or two in error but it went something like this:

Jackson was on third base. Bando hit a fly ball to deep outfield. Jackson didn't tag. After the game, Bando asked Jackson why he didn't tag. Jackson said “I have it in my contract that I get a bonus for leading the league in RBIs. If I score, you get an RBI and maybe that costs me a bonus.” Bando popped him!

10 posted on 07/07/2011 5:00:16 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: ConservativeStatement

R.I.P. Dick Williams (I sure did enjoy those Oakland A’s teams)


11 posted on 07/07/2011 5:11:50 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: ConservativeStatement

His first year as a big league manager in 1967 he took the Red Sox from 9th place the year before to the pennant. All of New England came alive that summer over the Red Sox. I remember sitting on the porch at night with my Dad listening to games on the radio. Great memories. RIP, Dick.


12 posted on 07/07/2011 5:21:37 PM PDT by vekzen
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To: ConservativeStatement

His first year as a big league manager in 1967 he took the Red Sox from 9th place the year before to the pennant. All of New England came alive that summer over the Red Sox. I remember sitting on the porch at night with my Dad listening to games on the radio. Great memories. RIP, Dick.


13 posted on 07/07/2011 5:22:08 PM PDT by vekzen
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To: forgotten man

No, we won’t.
Dick “No Neck” Williams. Rest in Peace.


14 posted on 07/07/2011 5:39:04 PM PDT by Shady (Capitalism works for men who do. Socialism works for men who don’t The numbers do not lie.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

The A’s play the Rangers tonight, hopefully there was a little tribute here before the game.


15 posted on 07/07/2011 5:40:33 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: forgotten man
I will never forget 1984 when the Padres lost the first two games in the five game NLCS series to the Cubs and came home to sweep three. I am sure you Cubs fans will never forget it either.

Neither will White Sox fans, HA HA....

16 posted on 07/07/2011 6:12:17 PM PDT by dznutz
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To: Shady
No, we won’t. Dick “No Neck” Williams. Rest in Peace.

I didn't know he was called "No-Neck." The White Sox had a Walter "No-Neck" Williams who played for them in the late 60's early 70's. No-Necks must run in the Williams' family. walt williams stats

17 posted on 07/07/2011 6:26:18 PM PDT by dznutz
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To: vekzen

67 BoSox bump


18 posted on 07/07/2011 6:26:38 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (From her lips to the voters' ears: Debbie Wasserman Schultz: "We own the economy" June 15, 2011)
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To: labette

Roger Maris on the left I think.


19 posted on 07/07/2011 6:44:11 PM PDT by dennisw (NZT - "works better if you're already smart")
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Dick Williams and Roger Maris
AP File Photo
Former Red Sox manager Dick Williams, right, chats with St. Louis outfielder Roger Maris before Game 2 of the 1967 World Series. Williams made a career of rebuilding downtrodden teams.

20 posted on 07/07/2011 6:47:28 PM PDT by dennisw (NZT - "works better if you're already smart")
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To: dennisw

Yes, ‘67 World Series.


21 posted on 07/07/2011 7:05:37 PM PDT by labette ( Humble student of Thinkology)
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Yes, ‘67 World Series>>>>>>>

The good ol days when I liked following baseball.


22 posted on 07/07/2011 7:08:25 PM PDT by dennisw (NZT - "works better if you're already smart")
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To: vekzen

“[Williams] worked hard, and he proved to me and my teammates that 1967 was a year we will never forget. It was an honor to play for him.”
~Carl Yastrzemski

http://baseballhall.org/hof/williams-dick


23 posted on 07/07/2011 7:20:46 PM PDT by massmike (Massachusetts:Stopped hanging witches;started electing Kennedys.Coincidence?)
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To: ConservativeStatement

RIP.


24 posted on 07/07/2011 8:36:50 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: PGalt

My two best memories of Dick williams are as follows:

1. I was a 15 year old Red Sox fan growing up in the Boston area in 1967. From the first day of spring training he convinced the players and fans alike that something was diferent. He said “I can tell you this, we are going to win a lot more games than we lose.” He was right, the beantowners went all the way to the 7th game of the world series. Baseball came alive again in Boston and it hasn’t simmered down since. Thank you Dick.

2. It was either the 1972 or the 1973 world series, anyway it was the Reds against Dick’s A’s. With runners on second and third and with 2 outs, Johnny Bench came to the plate. The A’s pitcher managed to work a two and two count. With first base open Dick comes out to the mound to tell his pitcher to walk Bench. He figured to set up a force at all bases and pitch to the next, less dangerous batter. The catcher stands up and takes the ball 3 pitchout very wide of the plate. For the full count pitch the catcher stands up again to take ball 4. That is not what happened, the catcher jumps back down behind the plate for a real pitch from the mound. Johnny never saw it coming and was called out on strikes. Was he ever mad. I never saw that play before and I’ve never seen it again. Thanks again Dick Williams, Hall of Fame manager.


25 posted on 07/07/2011 8:42:29 PM PDT by Sam Clements
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Thanks for sharing those memories. I vaguely remember #2. In 1968 the Detroit Tigers beat those Cardinals to win the world series and I was a senior in HS off to college in the fall on a baseball scholarship.

Williams’ Oakland A’s teams were some of my favorite teams.


26 posted on 07/08/2011 5:07:28 AM PDT by PGalt
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