Billy Williams Celebrity LifeBilly Leo Williams is a retired left fielder of baseball from America. He played a total of 16 seasons in the MLB for Chicago Cubs and then another two seasons for Oakland Athletics. He was introduced to the Hall of Fame of National Baseball in the year 1987. Billy was the NL Rookie of the Year in the year 1961 and was also All-Star of NL for six consecutive seasons with Chicago Cubs. By 1970, the batting average that he had was .322 along with a total of forty-two home runs and 130 runs. He was also the runner up of Valuable Player of NL. Billy also won the batting title of NL by hitting an average of .333.
In his entire playing career, he has hit more than 420 home runs. Billy also had over .300 in almost five seasons with 100 RBI in more than 2 seasons.
Billy was born on the 15th of June 1938 in Alabama. His father Frank Williams also played for the Whistler Stars. He was born and brought up in the segregated nature of the neighborhood. Williams did his schooling from Whistler High School. He played his debut match as a pro player of baseball in the year 1956. He started off his career with the minor league. He returned to play with Ponca City in the year 1957 and made his mark by hitting a total of seventeen home runs.
Billy signed a contract with the team of Chicago Cubs which featured various players by the 1960s such as Ferguson Jenkins, Ernie Banks, and many others. Williams debuted his game with the Chicago Cubs at the end of 1959. He played 30 games in total in 1959 and in 1960. By 1961, he played a total of 146 games in that season and got selected as the Rookie of the Year of NL. In that very year, Billy hit a total of twenty-five home runs and also scored 86 runs.
In each and every season starting from 1961 to the year of 1973, Billy hit about twenty home runs along with more than 85 runs. He played with smooth batting swing along with very fast actions of the wrist which permitted him to hit both power and average shots. He even earned the nicknames ‘Sweet Billy Williams’, ‘Sweet Billy’, ‘Swinging Billy’ and many others. In the year 1970, he had an average of .322 along with 42 home runs and RBI of 129 which allowed him in the voting of NL Most Valuable Player.
Family and later life
Billy Williams is the son of Frank Williams and Jesse May Williams. His mother used to work for white families by handling their household works. Billy has 4 siblings with him being the smallest of all. In the year 1987, he got selected for the Hall of Fame. In the year 1999, Billy was selected by the Cubs to the team of All-Century. He was honored with a statue of his own by the Cubs outside the field of Wrigley in Chicago in the year 2010. In 2011, he got selected for the Golden Era Committee which is known for considering 10 candidates of Golden Era after every 3 years for Hall of Fame.
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