Billy Williams (willibi02)

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William Williams

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Biographical Information[edit]

Not to be confused with Hall of Famer Billy Williams, outfielder Billy Williams made his major league debut at age 36 in 1969 with the Seattle Pilots. He was in his 18th year of professional baseball and had spent nine years in the Pacific Coast League when he was called up. He played in 4 games for the Pilots and never got a hit. He is briefly mentioned in Jim Bouton's book, Ball Four.

While with the Salt Lake City Bees in 1962, he hit .302 with 8 triples and 16 steals in 21 attempts. His teammates there included Walt Bond and Sam McDowell.

Williams retired after being dropped by the Pilots and worked at a clothing store in Berkeley, California which he co-owned. He returned to baseball in the 1980s as a minor league manager of the GCL Indians in 1988 and was a Cleveland Indians coach in 1990 and 1991. He was a coach for the Canton-Akron Indians in 1989, Watertown Indians in 1994 and 1997 and Akron Aeros in 1998.

Williams was a coach for the Sioux Falls Canaries from 2000 to 2004 and the Sioux City Explorers, formerly of the Northern League, now of the newly reconstituted American Association, from 2005 to 2011, in his early and middle seventies.

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