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239. Ken Williams
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: June 28, 1890 in Grants Pass, OR USA
  • Weight: 170 lbs.
  • Height: 6'0"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: July 14, 1915
  • Final Game: August 10, 1929
  • MVP - 1923
  • MVP - 1924
 
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Ken Williams was a late bloomer of sorts, some by his own play, some by circumstance.

Williams made his Major League debut at 25 for the Cincinnati Reds, but he could not make a real dent on the elite level of baseball.  He would later join the St. Louis Browns in 1918, but he was drafted to serve in World War I.  Upon his return, the Outfielder showed skill by batting .300 in 65 Games, and he proceeded to bat well over .300 in the next six seasons.

As the ball began to leave the stadium, Williams was a participant in the longball revolution.  Williams belted 24 Home Runs in 1921, and he would lead the American League in Home Runs (39) and RBIs (155) the year after.  Williams would later have five more seasons with at least 15 Home Runs, and he won the Slugging Title in 1925.

As of this writing, Williams is firmly entrenched in the all-time top 100 in Batting Average, On Base Percentage, Slugging Percentage, and OPS.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Grants Pass, Oregon, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Friday, 01 January 1937
  • Position: Outfield
  • Played For: Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Browns
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Rings (None) 
    Highest Slugging Percentage (1) (AL) (1925)
    Most Total Bases (1) (AL) (1922)
    Most Home Runs (1) (AL) (1922)
    Most Runs Batted In (1) (AL) (1922)
    Most Extra Base Hits (1) (AL) (1922)
    Highest Power-Speed # (2) (AL) (1922 & 1924)

  • Other Points of Note:

    3 Top Ten Finishes (bWAR for Position Players)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Offensive bWAR)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Batting Average)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (On Base Percentage)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (Slugging Percentage)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (OPS)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (OPS+)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Scored)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Hits)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Total Bases)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Doubles)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Triples)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Home Runs)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Batted In)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Walks)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Stolen Bases)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Extra Base Hits)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Power-Speed #)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Championship Win Probability Added)

  • Notable All Time Rankings:

    48. OPS: .924
    52. Slugging Percentage: .530
    60. Batting Average: .319
    91. On Base Percentage: .393
    97. OPS+: 138

  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame:

    1956: 0.5%
    1958: 0.4%

  • Should be Inducted As A: St. Louis Brown

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