Billy Williams Has Been Traded?? – You’ve Got To Be Kidding Me!!!
Sad but true. On this day back in 1974 Billy Williams was traded by the Chicago Cubs to the Oakland Athletics for Darold Knowles, Bob Locker, and Manny Trillo.
It was a sad day in Chicago as one of the Cub’s all-time greatest players was shipped away during a rebuilding process. The man that had occupied left field for the Cubs for the last 16 seasons was gone. Billy Williams’ 16 year career as a Chicago Cubs player was over!!!
Williams played the final 2 years of his career with Oakland and still put up respectable numbers for the A’s. He batted just .230 but was able to hit 34 home runs and drive in 122 runs. It wasn’t until this trade to the A’s that Williams was able to make the post-season. In 1975 the A’s lost to the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS while Billy Williams went 0-for-7 in the series.
Personally for me, it is very hard to see Williams wear anything other than ‘Cubbie Blue’. Although I never got to see him play live, I have seen plenty of highlights and have read books and articles about his amazing career and it always feels strange to me that his career ended in Oakland and not in Chicago.
But, as we all know, baseball is a business and players are treated as assets and not humans. So, although I am saddened by how his career ended I am happy that Billy Williams was able to finally make it to the playoffs.
But this does look a little strange to me still…