I am sad to report that former major leaguer and Hall of Fame manager Dick Williams has died. He was 82 years old.
It is being reported that Williams died today at his Las Vegas home from what was believed to be an aneurysm.
A 2008 Hall of Fame inductee, Williams is the second manager in major-league history to win pennants with three different teams; the Boston Red Sox (1967), Athletics (1972-73) and San Diego Padres (1984). He had a 21-year major league managing record of 1,571-1,451 (.520). He also managed the California Angels, Montreal Expos and Seattle Mariners.
He also played for 13 seasons (1951-1964), primarily as an outfielder for the Brooklyn Dodgers and Baltimore Orioles. He also played for the Red Sox, Athletics and Indians.
Featured here is Williams on the 1980 Montreal Expos team card.
This blog is inspired by several influences; first, the other blogs dedicated to a single season of Topps sets and the folks at http://www.deanscards.com/, who provide a great resource of all years of cards (and from whom I stole the awesome header).
Mainly though, this blog is inspired by my Dad who during the summer of 1980, fully introduced me to the great game of baseball through these cards. Every one of these cards is somehow connected to a memory of that time.