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Dick Williams – 1973 Topps #179

Richard Hirschfeld “Dick” Williams  (May 7, 1929 – July 7, 2011) was an American left fielder, third baseman, manager, coach and front office consultant in Major League Baseball. Known especially as a hard-driving, sharp-tongued manager from 1967 to 1969 and from 1971 to 1988, he led teams to three American League pennants, one National League pennant, and two World Series triumphs. He is one of seven managers to win pennants in both major leagues, and joined Bill McKechnie in becoming only the second manager to lead three franchises to the Series. He and Lou Piniella are the only managers in history to lead four teams to seasons of 90 or more wins. Williams was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008 following his election by the Veterans Committee.
In 1973, the A’s coasted to a division title, then defeated Baltimore in the ALCS and the NL champion New York Mets in the World Series, each hard-fought series going the limit. With their World Series win, Oakland became baseball’s first repeat champion since the 1961–62 New York Yankees. But Williams had a surprise for Finley. Tired of his owner’s meddling, and upset by Finley’s public humiliation of second baseman Mike Andrews for his fielding miscues during the World Series, Williams resigned. George Steinbrenner, then finishing his first season as owner of the Yankees, immediately signed Williams as his manager. However, Finley protested that Williams owed Oakland the final year of his contract and could not manage anywhere else, and so Steinbrenner hired Bill Virdon instead. Williams was the first manager in A’s franchise history to leave the team with a winning record after running it for two full seasons.
Dick Williams died of a ruptured aortic aneurysm at a hospital near his home in Henderson, Nevada on July 7, 2011.

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  1. You copied word-for-word from Wikipedia!

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  2. Correct, thanks for letting me know something I was already aware of. Also, on the sidebar is a reference to Wikipedia as my information source.

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