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RIP Dick Williams

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Moderator1, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Don't have a link - I have MLB network on and they're talking about it. Died today at 82.
  2. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member


    I'm not going to lie to you -- he was tough to deal with as a manager.


    Roger Kahn had an anecdote in "The Boys Of Summer" where he was sitting at a bar with Williams, who lamented, "There must be something wrong with me. The last five girls I screwed, two was colored, one was Mexican, one was Filipino and one was Jewish." Then, realizing that Kahn was Jewish, he added, "And you know what? The Jewish girl was the best lay."

  3. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    Gotta love any guy who would tell his owner to shove it after winning back-to-back World Series titles ... especially when that owner is Charles O. Finley. Never a dull moment with the A's of the mid-70s. RIP.
  4. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    Met Williams only once, at an MLB party. He was charming and told stories, but then, we'd both been drinking. Seminal moment of his career has to be Game Three of the 1972 Series, when he pantomimed a big argument in a mound conference ordering the pitcher to intentionally walk Johnny Bench, then the pitcher throws it right down the middle for called strike three.
  5. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    Having dealt with him on only a very limited basis as a visiting manager for two or three series, I always referred to him as "the appropriately named Dick Williams."
  6. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    A great manager. RIP
  7. Liut

    Liut Well-Known Member

    Yeah, the crap he put up with with Charlie O. was ridiculous. Then, A-hole Finley kept him from accepting the Yankees job.

    Kicked the Red Sox into shape and got them to a World Series. Covering the Mariners, I can tell you he and Dave Niehaus enjoyed their pops together.

    He could be an immense jerk, but the guy was a winner. RIP.
  8. typefitter

    typefitter Well-Known Member

    Called Williams for an interview when I was in Las Vegas a few years ago. He yelled at me for ten minutes about how I got his number and then hung up.

  9. Herbert Anchovy

    Herbert Anchovy Active Member

  10. BitterYoungMatador2

    BitterYoungMatador2 Well-Known Member

    Why they went for that generic Brewers-esque look instead of going retro when the opened Petco still baffles me.
  11. Herbert Anchovy

    Herbert Anchovy Active Member

    There wasn't a thing wrong with those Cubs roadies, either.
  12. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    For a manager who had a reputation for being tough, he also stood up to Finley when the Mike Andrews incident took place at the '73 World Series. That, according to Williams, was the final straw.

    And as a kid, seeing this guy screaming and yelling used to scare the heck out of me.

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