Billy Williams Stats

Billy Williams was born on Wednesday, June 15, 1938, in Whistler, Alabama. Williams was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues on August 6, 1959, with the Chicago Cubs. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Billy Williams baseball stats page.

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"Each time I was in a slump it seemed like I'd have to go out and face a ( Don ) Drysdale , a ( Sandy ) Koufax , or a ( Juan ) Marichal that particular afternoon. It never failed." - Billy Williams in The New Yorker (Volume 57, Issue 7-14, 1981, Page 54)

Billy Williams

Billy Williams Autograph on a 1970 Topps Baseball Card (#170 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1970top01' title='1970 Topps Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)

Billy Williams Autograph on a 1970 Topps Baseball Card (#170 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Billy Leo Williams
Nickname:
Sweet Swingin' Billy
Born On:
06-15-1938  (Gemini)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Whistler, Alabama
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Whistler High School (Whistler, AL)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-01
Player Weight Chart Weight:
175
First Game:
08-06-1959 (Age 21)
Last Game:
10-02-1976
Draft:
Not Applicable

Billy Williams

Billy Williams Pitching Stats

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Billy Williams Hitting Stats

1959 21 Cubs 18 33 0 5 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 7 0 0 0 2 .152 .176 .212
1960 22 Cubs 12 47 4 13 0 2 2 0 7 5 0 12 0 0 0 1 .277 .346 .489
1961 23 Cubs 146 529 75 147 20 7 25 2 86 45 11 70 1 4 5 11 .278 .338 .484
1962 24 Cubs 159 618 94 184 22 8 22 0 91 70 3 72 0 7 4 11 .298 .369 .466
1963 25 Cubs 161 612 87 175 36 9 25 0 95 68 9 78 2 3 2 12 .286 .358 .497
1964 26 Cubs 162 645 100 201 39 2 33 1 98 59 8 84 0 3 2 11 .312 .370 .532
1965 27 Cubs 164 645 115 203 39 6 34 1 108 65 7 76 1 5 3 20 .315 .377 .552
1966 28 Cubs 162 648 100 179 23 5 29 0 91 69 16 61 0 6 4 12 .276 .347 .461
1967 29 Cubs 162 634 92 176 21 12 28 0 84 68 8 67 2 6 2 13 .278 .346 .481
1968 30 Cubs 163 642 91 185 30 8 30 1 98 48 10 53 0 7 2 13 .288 .336 .500
1969 31 Cubs 163 642 103 188 33 10 21 0 95 59 15 70 0 3 4 15 .293 .355 .474
1970 32 Cubs 161 636 137 205 34 4 42 1 129 72 9 65 0 4 2 13 .322 .391 .586
1971 33 Cubs 157 594 86 179 27 5 28 0 93 77 18 44 0 3 3 17 .301 .383 .505
1972 34 Cubs 150 574 95 191 34 6 37 1 122 62 20 59 0 8 6 14 .333 .398 .606
1973 35 Cubs 156 576 72 166 22 2 20 0 86 76 14 72 0 6 1 13 .288 .369 .438
1974 36 Cubs 117 404 55 113 22 0 16 1 68 67 12 44 0 2 1 9 .280 .382 .453
1975 37 Athletics 155 520 68 127 20 1 23 0 81 76 7 68 1 3 2 9 .244 .341 .419
1976 38 Athletics 120 351 36 74 12 0 11 0 41 58 15 44 1 3 0 4 .211 .320 .339
18 Years 2,488 9,350 1,410 2,711 434 88 426 8 1,475 1,045 182 1,046 8 73 43 200 .290 .361 .492

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Billy Williams Fielding Stats

1959 Cubs LF 10 7 195 18 1.8 18 18 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.49
1960 Cubs LF 12 12 327 28 2.3 27 27 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .964 2.23
1961 Cubs LF 111 111 291 199 1.8 190 184 6 9 2 n/a n/a n/a .955 17.63
1961 Cubs RF 26 22 615 39 1.5 37 36 1 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .949 1.62
1962 Cubs LF 159 159 477 297 1.9 288 271 17 9 4 n/a n/a n/a .970 16.30
1963 Cubs LF 160 160 480 314 2.0 310 297 13 4 2 n/a n/a n/a .987 17.44
1964 Cubs CF 2 2 27 1 0.5 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.00
1964 Cubs LF 162 159 474 257 1.6 244 230 14 13 0 n/a n/a n/a .949 13.90
1965 Cubs CF 29 29 765 70 2.4 68 68 0 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .971 2.40
1965 Cubs LF 33 29 813 46 1.4 43 43 0 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .935 1.43
1965 Cubs RF 106 106 2,835 194 1.8 189 179 10 5 2 n/a n/a n/a .974 1.80
1966 Cubs LF 11 10 297 27 2.5 25 23 2 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .926 2.27
1966 Cubs RF 152 152 405 304 2.0 298 290 8 6 3 n/a n/a n/a .980 19.87
1967 Cubs LF 161 159 459 275 1.7 272 269 3 3 1 n/a n/a n/a .989 16.00
1967 Cubs RF 6 3 78 4 0.7 4 4 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.38
1968 Cubs LF 138 120 3,306 185 1.3 178 176 2 7 0 n/a n/a n/a .962 1.45
1968 Cubs RF 47 43 1,035 87 1.9 85 83 2 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .977 2.22
1969 Cubs LF 151 130 3,594 227 1.5 219 208 11 8 2 n/a n/a n/a .965 1.65
1969 Cubs RF 30 29 615 48 1.6 44 41 3 4 0 n/a n/a n/a .917 1.93
1970 Cubs LF 154 149 4,113 259 1.7 257 244 13 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .992 1.69
1970 Cubs RF 10 10 237 17 1.7 16 16 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .941 1.82
1971 Cubs LF 151 148 3,918 287 1.9 281 273 8 6 3 n/a n/a n/a .979 1.94
1971 Cubs RF 4 4 108 8 2.0 7 7 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .875 1.75
1972 Cubs 1B 5 5 129 46 9.2 46 42 4 0 5 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.63
1972 Cubs LF 144 142 3,762 244 1.7 240 231 9 4 0 n/a n/a n/a .984 1.72
1973 Cubs 1B 19 19 477 189 9.9 187 167 20 2 14 n/a n/a n/a .989 10.58
1973 Cubs LF 138 132 3,408 265 1.9 261 247 14 4 1 n/a n/a n/a .985 2.07
1974 Cubs 1B 65 64 1,671 624 9.6 615 566 49 9 48 n/a n/a n/a .986 9.94
1974 Cubs LF 43 41 1,029 75 1.7 73 69 4 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .973 1.92
1975 Athletics 1B 7 5 108 34 4.9 33 30 3 1 5 n/a n/a n/a .971 8.25
1976 Athletics LF 1 0 6 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
LF Totals 1,739 1,668 26,949 3,003 1.7 2,926 2,810 116 77 18 n/a n/a n/a .974 2.93
RF Totals 381 369 5,928 701 1.8 680 656 24 21 6 n/a n/a n/a .970 3.10
1B Totals 96 93 2,385 893 9.3 881 805 76 12 72 n/a n/a n/a .987 9.97
CF Totals 31 31 792 71 2.3 69 69 0 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .972 2.35
18 Years 2,247 2,161 36,054 4,668 2.1 4,556 4,340 216 112 96 n/a n/a n/a .976 3.41

Billy Williams

Billy Williams Miscellaneous Stats

1959 Cubs 0 0 .000 7 1 n/a 0.0 4.7 16.5 - - -
1960 Cubs 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 23.5 3.9 6.7 - - -
1961 Cubs 6 0 1.000 13 0 n/a 21.2 7.6 6.2 - - -
1962 Cubs 9 9 .500 0 0 n/a 28.1 8.6 6.8 - - -
1963 Cubs 7 6 .538 1 0 n/a 24.5 7.8 6.4 - - -
1964 Cubs 10 7 .588 1 0 n/a 19.5 7.7 6.6 - - -
1965 Cubs 10 1 .909 0 0 n/a 19.0 8.5 6.0 - - -
1966 Cubs 6 3 .667 0 0 n/a 22.3 10.6 7.1 - - -
1967 Cubs 6 3 .667 0 0 n/a 22.6 9.5 7.5 - - -
1968 Cubs 4 1 .800 0 0 n/a 21.4 12.1 6.6 - - -
1969 Cubs 3 2 .600 4 0 n/a 30.6 9.2 6.8 - - -
1970 Cubs 7 1 .875 1 0 n/a 15.1 9.8 4.9 - - -
1971 Cubs 7 5 .583 5 0 n/a 21.2 13.5 6.4 - - -
1972 Cubs 3 1 .750 3 0 n/a 15.5 9.7 4.7 - - -
1973 Cubs 4 3 .571 4 0 n/a 28.8 8.0 6.7 - - -
1974 Cubs 4 5 .444 12 0 n/a 25.3 9.2 5.9 - - -
1975 Athletics 0 0 .000 8 0 145 22.6 7.6 6.4 - - -
1976 Athletics 4 2 .667 20 0 106 31.9 8.0 8.6 - - -
18 Years 90 49 .647 79 1 251 21.9 8.9 6.3 - - -

Billy Williams

Billy Williams Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1959 Chicago Cubs 4 $7,000.00 - -
1960 Chicago Cubs 41 $7,000.00 - -
1961 Chicago Cubs 26 $9,500.00 - -
1962 Chicago Cubs 26 $14,000.00 Stats -
1963 Chicago Cubs 26 $20,000.00 - -
1964 Chicago Cubs 26 $27,000.00 Stats -
1965 Chicago Cubs 26 $34,000.00 Stats -
1966 Chicago Cubs 26 $45,000.00 - -
1967 Chicago Cubs 26 $47,500.00 - -
1968 Chicago Cubs 26 $57,000.00 Stats -
1969 Chicago Cubs 26 $75,000.00 - -
1970 Chicago Cubs 26 $85,000.00 - -
1971 Chicago Cubs 26 $100,000.00 - -
1972 Chicago Cubs 26 $115,000.00 Stats -
1973 Chicago Cubs 26 $150,000.00 Stats -
1974 Chicago Cubs 26 $150,000.00 - -
1975 Oakland Athletics 28 $150,000.00 - -
1976 Oakland Athletics 28 $150,000.00 - -
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In 1961, Jack Curtis received 6% of the votes for Rookie of the Year , Joe Torre received 31% of the votes for Rookie of the Year and Billy Williams received 62% of the votes, winning National League Rookie of the Year - the first Chicago Cubs player to receive the baseball award.

Did you know that only seven players in baseball history have ever been able to play in at least 1,000 consecutive games ? The "Iron Seven" are Cal Ripken, Jr. (2,632 GP), Lou Gehrig (2,130 GP), Everett Scott (1,307 GP), Steve Garvey (1,207 GP), Miguel Tejada (1,152 GP), Billy Williams (1,117 GP), and Joe Sewell (1,103 GP). Join Baseball Almanac as we take a look at some additional numbers of interest as they relate to Sweet Swinging Billy:

3 : Billy Williams hit a career high three home runs in a game on September 10, 1968 , tying the Cubs record for most home runs in a game.

4 : Billy Williams once hit four doubles in the same game, on April 9, 1969 , tying the National League record for doubles in a game .

18 : Billy Williams played eighteen years in the big leagues and after stepping off the field, he had been paid $1,243,000 in contracts (A couple million shy of what the average Major League player makes for one year of work in this era.)

26 : Billy Williams wore #26 with the Chicago Cubs from 1961 through 1974. On August 13, 1987, the Chicago Cubs retired his number, joining at that time only one other Cubbie , Ernie Banks , who had his #14 retired on August 22, 1982.

162 : Billy Williams stood in left field during 162 games in 1964, the first and only Cub to ever appear in that many games in left field during a single season, and, the first player from any National League team to ever appear in left field 162 times during the same season (since passed by Pete Rose , and matched by Gary Matthews , Luis Gonzalez and Carlos Lee ).

164 : Billy Williams played in a Cubs franchise record 162 games in 1964, 1966, and 1967 - the first Cubbie to ever appear in 162 games during a single season. In 1968, and 1969, Williams had 163 games played, but neither mark is the current record; Billy set that in 1965, when he played in a 164 games, the most ever in team history.

205 : Billy Williams had 201 hits in 1964 , 203 hits in 1965 , and 205 hits in 1970 - the most hits in a single season by a left-handed Chicago Cubs hitter in franchise history.

Billy Williams Hall of Fame Plaque
Billy Williams | National Baseball Hall of Fame Plaque | Class of 1987 ( HOF )
Billy Williams hit a single in the first inning of a game at Busch Stadium on July 17, 1966 , Art Mahaffey was pitching. In the top of the third inning, Billy Williams hit a double, off Don Dennis , who also surrendered a triple to Sweet-Swinging Billy from Whistler in the fifth. The Cardinals, down 6-1 versus the Cubs , switched pitchers again, but it made no difference as Billy Williams homered off Hal Woodeshick in the seventh inning to complete a natural cycle - the only natural cycle (1B, 2B, 3B, HR) ever hit by a player from the Chicago Cubs .

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