On This Day In Baseball History: November 30, 1961

Billy Williams

 

Chicago Cubs first year outfielder Billy Williams is named NL Rookie of the Year beating out Milwaukee’s backstop Joe Torre. Williams hit .278 with 25 homers and 86 rbi. Williams would become a mainstay in Chicago for the next 13 years. Williams hit 30 or more homers for the Cubs five time while also carrying a batting average of at least .300 in four of those five 30 homer years. Williams would be welcomed into Coopertown with the class of 1987. He, unfortunately, has played the sixth most game in history without appearing in a World Series game behind only Rafael Palmeiro, Ken Griffey, Jr, Andre Dawson, longtime teammate Ernie Banks, and Julio Franco.

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