Billy Williams

Billy WilliamsWilliams was so polite and quiet-spoken that he wasn’t ejected from a game until his 17th and final season in the majors. On August 16, 1976, while batting for the Oakland A’s, Williams took umbrage with the first two called strikes by home plate umpire Bill Kunkel. Williams refused Kunkel’s order to get back into the batter’s box and was thumbed from the game.

Most Extra-Base Hits, 1963-1972
Billy Williams … 690
Hank Aaron … 677
Carl Yastrzemski … 580
Dick Allen … 578
Ron Santo … 568
Frank Robinson … 553
Harmon Killebrew … 550
Willie McCovey … 543
Willie Mays … 539
Willie Stargell … 537

This was the ten years before the American Leaguedecided to implement the designated hitter, a rule that was a response to the dwindling offense in the game. Williams, who hit a lot of doubles, and Aaron, who hit a lot of homers, are well ahead of any other players in extra-base hits during this stretch.

During his career, Williams took advantage of his home ballpark, Wrigley Field. If you take his 1970 and 1971 seasons and add together his home stats you come up with a “home performance equivalent season” that looks like this: 157 games, .353 AVG with 219 hits, 29 doubles, 44 homers, 142 RBIs, 79 walks, 44 strikeouts, .426 OBP, and a .627 SLG.

For his career, Williams hit .309 with a .539 SLG and a 917 OPS at Wrigley Field and hit .271 with a .444 SLG and 792 OPS on the road.