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Stan Williams
Born: September 14, 1936 (1936-09-14) (age 73)
Enfield, New Hampshire
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
May 17, 1958 for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Last MLB appearance
August 1, 1972 for the Boston Red Sox
Career statistics
Win-Loss     109-94
Earned run average     3.48
Strikeouts     1305
Career highlights and awards

Stanley Wilson Williams (born September 14, 1936 in Enfield, New Hampshire), nicknamed "Big Daddy" and "The Big Hurt", is a former Major League Baseball starting and relief pitcher who threw and batted right-handed. He played for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1958-1962), New York Yankees (1963-1964), Cleveland Indians (1965-1969), Minnesota Twins (1970-1971), St. Louis Cardinals (1971), and lastly the Boston Red Sox very briefly in 1972 where he had no decisions.

Williams, a 1960 All-Star, built a career record of 109-94 in 482 games and 208 starts. He got the majority of his wins with the Dodgers in the early stages of his 14-year career. He compiled a career ERA of 3.48 and had 42 career complete games with 11 shutouts. He gave up 682 earned runs in 1764 and 1/3 innings pitched. He had 1305 career strikeouts. Williams won a World Series with the Dodgers in 1959, his second year in the big leagues.

Although his control often kept him from being a top pitcher, Williams' presence on the mound was huge, and many batters around the league feared the 225-pound, 6'4" right-hander, who had a blistering fastball and wasn't afraid to pitch inside. In 1961, Williams finished 2nd in the league in strikeouts with 205, behind teammate Sandy Koufax (269). Interestingly, yet another Dodger pitcher, Don Drysdale, finished 3rd that year (182).

In 1970, he went 10-1 on the season in relief, with a 1.99 ERA, one of the best seasons a relief pitcher has ever had.


Notable home runs

Billy Williams hit his first major league home run off Stan Williams on October 1, 1960. Williams gave up pitcher Frank Bertaina's only major league home run, a three-run shot at Cleveland Stadium.

Career as pitching coach

After retiring, Williams served as a pitching coach for 14 MLB seasons, with the Red Sox, Yankees, Seattle Mariners, Chicago White Sox and Cincinnati Reds. More recently he was an advance scout for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays until being let go at the end of the 2006 season.

See also

External links

Preceded by
Lee Stange
Boston Red Sox Pitching Coach
Succeeded by
Al Jackson


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