Former Major League Manager Dick Williams Dies At 82

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Former Major League Manager Dick Williams Dies At 82

Dick Williams, who managed six major league teams over a 21-year career that included four league pennants and two World Series championships, has died at the age of 82 at his home in Las Vegas, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Williams is best known for his time managing the tumultuous Oakland Athletics teams of the 1970s under owner Charlie Finley. Williams led the A's to a pair of World Series wins in 1972 and 1973, but famously resigned with a year left on his contract, tired of Finley's meddling with his team. He was then offered a deal to manage the California Angels, but Finley held him to his deal. Finally, near midseason in 1974, Finley allowed Williams to leave and manage the Angels. It was his least successful managerial stint, as he never finished over .500.

Previously, he had brought the Red Sox to their first World Series in 21 years with the "Impossible Dream" team of 1967, and later, he led the Montreal Expos to their only postseason appearance in strike-marred 1981, and brought an underdog San Diego Padres team to the World Series in a come-from-behind win in the 1984 NLCS over the Chicago Cubs. His 1571 wins as a manager ranks 18th all-time, and he was inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame in 2008.

Prior to Williams' managing career, he played for 13 years in the major leagues, mostly with the Dodgers, Orioles and Red Sox; he was a jack-of-all-trades, playing multiple positions, but mostly the outfield and third base. He hit .260 with 70 career home runs and played in one World Series, with the 1953 Dodgers.

Among Williams' survivors is his son Rick Williams, who played for five years in the Expos' system in the late 1970s and early 1980s and later was a pitching coach for the Marlins and the then Devil Rays.

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