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RIP Stan Williams

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Former major leaguer Stan Williams passed away on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2020 at the age of 84. Williams died at his home on Laughlin, Nevada due to the effects of Cardio Pulmonary illness. He was part of the fabulous Dodger rotation that included Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale along with Johnny Podres from 1960-1962.  Hi nicknamed ” Big Hurt”for his aggressive pitching inside to hitters. His lifetime stats finished with a record of 109-94 and a 3.48 ERA during his 14-year career in the majors.

His son Stan Jr. tells of a time that his dad drilled Hank Aaron on a 3-1 pitch and then drilled him again on an errant pick-off attempt. His son traveled with him every summer from the age of 5-14.

Stan Williams, the fearsome All-Star pitcher who helped the Los Angeles Dodgers win the 1959 World Series, has died. He was 84.

Stan Williams Later Career

Williams died Saturday at his home in Laughlin, Nevada. He was hospitalized on Feb. 11 and had been in hospice care due to the effects of cardio-pulmonary illness, the Dodgers said Sunday and son Stan Jr. confirmed. He pitched three scoreless innings in the NL tiebreaker series against the Milwaukee Braves. He was the winner in 12 innings in that game, William was traded  Nov. 26, 196 to th Yankee for Moose Skowron. He then played for Cleveland (1965-69), Minnesota (1970-71), St. Louis (1971), and Boston (1972).

After retiring as a player, Williams continued in baseball as a pitching coach, scout and adviser to several teams. As pitching coach, he helped the Red Sox, Yankees and Reds win division, league and World Series titles. Williams also won a World Series title in 1990 as pitching coach with the Cincinnati Reds

He was predeceased by his wife, Elaine. Besides his son, he is survived by his daughter Shawn, brother Jim Williams and three grandchildren.

Bio of Stan Williams from SABR.


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