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thomas35forever
07-07-2011, 03:39 PM
http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/07/07/hall-of-fame-manager-dick-williams-1929-2011/
RIP to a Hall of Fame manager.:(:
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Soxfest
07-07-2011, 04:00 PM
Rip DW

Fenway
07-07-2011, 04:07 PM
He saved baseball in Boston.

1967 the greatest pennant race of all time.

TDog
07-07-2011, 06:18 PM
Bill Melton played for Dick Williams when he was managing the Angels. I wouldn't expect him to have much to say about him, though.

When I was going to the old park in the 1960s, fans used to like to discuss an infamous (http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=mlb&id=6558512) Dick Williams home run on May 18, 1957 (http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1957/B05180BAL1957.htm) as an example of why the White Sox were perennial losers. I'm sure Dick Williams managing the perennial-loser Red Sox past the White Sox and to the World Series in 1967 and managing the A's past the White Sox and to a World Series title in 1972 was why I continued to hear about that home run deep into the 1970s. Everyone ended the story talking about how the White Sox pitcher (sometimes his name was forgotten) could have thrown the ball on the screen and the game would have been over.

Nelson Foxtrot
07-07-2011, 08:40 PM
RIP Dick WIlliams. He was scheduled for an appearance at the big autograph show in Rosemont on August 5th, and seemed to be doing well. Very unexpected passing, though I suppose aneurysms usually are. :(:

In addition to the "Impossible Dream" Red Sox pennant, Williams won back-to-back championships in Oakland, San Diego's first pennant, and led the Expos to their only postseason appearance. I'm surprised it took so long for him to get into the HOF.

He (along with folks like Billy Martin and Al Dark) was one of the names Hawk bandied about to the press in 1986 when discussing the possibility of firing LaRussa and bringing in his own manager. By game 30 of the season, however, Williams ended up in Seattle.

Lamp81
07-07-2011, 10:58 PM
He saved baseball in Boston.

1967 the greatest pennant race of all time.

Care to elaborate? Were the Red Sox rumored to be leaving, like the White Sox almost going to Milwaukee, Denver, Seattle, or Tampa Bay?


In addition to the "Impossible Dream" Red Sox pennant, Williams won back-to-back championships in Oakland, San Diego's first pennant, and led the Expos to their only postseason appearance. I'm surprised it took so long for him to get into the HOF.

He (along with folks like Billy Martin and Al Dark) was one of the names Hawk bandied about to the press in 1986 when discussing the possibility of firing LaRussa and bringing in his own manager. By game 30 of the season, however, Williams ended up in Seattle.

I believe that Buck Rodgers actually guided the Expos to the 2nd half title in 1981.

Viva Medias B's
07-07-2011, 11:06 PM
I'm sure Hawk said plenty about Dick Williams during the game tonight.

Fenway
07-07-2011, 11:10 PM
Care to elaborate? Were the Red Sox rumored to be leaving, like the White Sox almost going to Milwaukee, Denver, Seattle, or Tampa Bay?



I believe that Buck Rodgers actually guided the Expos to the 2nd half title in 1981.

Yawkey gave an interview to Will McDonough saying he wanted a new stadium. He was not a local and Toronto (where he owned the rights) was calling as was Dallas.

Look at what the home opener drew for a crowd

http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1967/VBOS01967.htm

But then they started to win and suddenly Fenway wasn't a dump anymore.

Fenway
07-07-2011, 11:14 PM
I'm sure Hawk said plenty about Dick Williams during the game tonight.

Hawk was even on NESN tonight.

Greatest manager he ever played for.

Fenway
07-08-2011, 12:39 AM
Montreal remembers

http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/Former+Montreal+Expos+manager+Dick+Williams+dies/5067768/story.html

Fenway
07-08-2011, 12:15 PM
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Yaz speaks about Williams

http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2011/07/08/dick_williamss_place_in_red_sox_lore_cant_be_skipp ed/?page=full