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Dick Williams passes away at 82

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Posted 07 July 2011 - 03:50 PM

RIP, Dick Williams

Hall of Fame manager Dick Williams, who led the 1967 Red Sox to the American League pennant, passed away today at the age of 82 at his home in Las Vegas of a brain aneurysm.

Williams was 1,571-1,451 in 21 seasons as a manager. The 1967 Red Sox were the first team he managed. He later led the Oakland Athletics to a pair of World Series titles
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Posted 07 July 2011 - 05:58 PM

It seems strange now with the Sox perennial contenders (and two WS titles of late), but in '67 the Sox had done NOTHING in over 20 years. No curse, no close, no shoulda, woulda, coulda. Nothing. Basically finish 2nd to the Yankees and the dog teams of the 60's. It was pretty much Williams or Yaz and the odd good pitcher or two. Williams turned around the "country club", got Yaz to grow a pair and carry the team and oh yeah, rode Lonborg to within a game of a WS. Oakland and SD proved it was not fluke.

Speaking of which, Williams went from buzz cut in '67 to long haired mustachioed leader of the asylum in Oakland. Nearly single-handedly invented 'new school'.

Truly a managerial genius and a true baseball original. Oh, and the fake free walk to Johnny Bench in the '72 series was classic.
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