Re: Some Obituaries of Recently Deceased Major Leaguers
Excellent manager. Especially with younger teams. I remember him the most with the Swingin' A's of the early 70's. He resigned right after winning the 1973 World Series after tiring Charlie Finely's antics. He managed the Padres to their first World Series in 1984 and nearly got a 4th team,the Montreal Expos,to another World Series in 1981.
I also remember him as being the main instigator in one the biggets brawls I have seen. He was with the Padres and didn't like the Braves pitcher Pascaul Perez. Every time Perez came to the plate the Padres pitchers were throwing at him and of course the Braves were retaliating. All afternoon long their was one fight after another. Just a brutal afternoon of baseball. Williams was thrown out early but you knew he was behind it all. I kinda lost some respect for him after that. But that's who he was. A very hard nosed no nonsense manager.
Reds Fan Since 1971