On this day in 1961, Billy Williams was awarded with the Rookie of the Year award in the National League.
In that ’61 campaign, Williams starred in 146 games for the Chicago Cubs. And once he earned that starting job in left field, he kept it for fourteen years!!!
During his ROY season, Williams hit .278 while collecting 147 hits. In a display of his all-around offensive skills, ‘Sweet Swinging Billy Williams’ connected for 20 doubles and 25 home runs. He also scored 75 runs while driving in 86. And amazingly, as a 23-year old rookie, he only struck out 70 times in 584 plate appearances.
Happy Anniversary Mr. Williams!!!