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Stan Williams, fearsome pitcher for LA Dodgers, dies at 84


LOS ANGELES (AP) – Stan Williams, the fearsome All-Star pitcher who helped the Los Angeles Dodgers win the 1959 World Series, has died. He was 84.

Williams died Saturday at his house in Laughlin, Nevada. He was hospitalized on Feb. 11 and had been in hospice care because of the results of cardio-pulmonary sickness, the Dodgers mentioned Sunday and son Stan Jr. confirmed.

Williams additionally received a World Series title in 1990 as pitching coach with the Cincinnati Reds.

The two-time All-Star right-hander was a part of a powerhouse Los Angeles rotation that included Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale and Johnny Podres from 1960-62.

Williams, generally known as the “Big Hurt” due to his penchant for pitching inside, had a report of 109-94 and a 3.48 ERA throughout his 14-year profession within the majors.

“They always talked about my dad being a mean headhunter. He put the uniform on and he changed immediately,” Stan Jr. mentioned by telephone. “Henry Aaron always said my dad was the toughest guy he faced.”

The youthful Williams, who traveled along with his father each summer time from age 5 to 14, recalled his father dealing with the long run Hall of Fame slugger in a single recreation.

“He was 3-1 on Aaron and just drilled him,” Williams Jr. mentioned. “Aaron is on first base and he tried to pick him off and drilled him again.”

Williams was signed as a free agent by the Dodgers and made the big-league membership when the group moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 1958. He was with them till 1962.

He pitched three scoreless innings within the second recreation of the National League tiebreaker sequence in opposition to the Milwaukee Braves to ship the Dodgers into the 1959 World Series. Williams was the successful pitcher within the 6-5 victory in 12 innings. The Dodgers and Braves tied for the National League championship at the tip of the common season.

Williams was traded to the New York Yankees for Bill Skowron on Nov. 26, 1962. He performed for the Yankees till 1964 after which for Cleveland (1965-69), Minnesota (1970-71), St. Louis (1971) and Boston (1972).

After retiring as a participant, Williams continued in baseball as a pitching coach, scout and adviser to a number of groups. As pitching coach, he helped the Red Sox, Yankees and Reds win division, league and World Series titles.

For years he lived within the Los Angeles suburb of Lakewood earlier than transferring to Nevada in December.

He was predeceased by his spouse Elaine. Besides his son, he’s survived by his daughter Shawn, brother Jim Williams and three grandchildren.


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