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Baseball with Matt: Billy Williams Edition

Hey baseball fans!


Matt Nadel here of Baseball with Matt with some more on America’s Pastime. Let’s face it: the Cubs do not have a good history when it comes to Fall Classics. They also generally don’t have a good history when it comes to making the playoffs. However, there were a few Hall of Famers on the 1969 Chicago Cubs that could have gotten them to the playoffs, but that was the year of the Miracle Mets. Those Hall of Famers were Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, and Sweet Swingin Billy Williams!

Billy Williams (Courtesy of baseballhistorypodcast.com)


The quiet Billy usually let his bat talk for him during his career from 1959-1976 with the Cubs and A’s. In his career, the slugger hit 426 dingers, but was known more for his small ball, collecting 2,711 hits and a .290 career average. The 1961 NL Rookie of the Year was trained by Rogers Hornsby in the Minors, which explains his Hall of Fame induction in 1987. The six-time All Star got over 200 hits in a season three times and held the National League mark for consecutive games played at 1,117 until it was surpassed by Steve Garvey.


So as you can see, Billy could basically pass as Stan Musial’s son because of their similar stats. Anyway, thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed it and check back soon for more of “all the buzz on what wuzz.”

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