Monday, March 19, 2012

Otto Williams Died 75 years ago Today

Otto George Williams, ss/2b

death date: March 19, 1937

Otto Williams died 75 years ago today. The long-time American Association infielder played in over 1,000 games on deadball diamonds.

He was 59 years of age and succumbed after an eight-day battle with lobar pneumonia, according to Baseball Necrology, in Omaha, Nebraska.

Born November 2, 1877 at Newark, New Jersey, Williams played in his frist professional season with the St. Paul Saints of the Western League in 1901. He became a major leaguer shortly afterwards, and played in the Bigs for four seasons.

In 1906 Williams became a shortstop with the Indianapolis Indians of the American Association. He converted into a second-baseman in 1908, managing to sustain a span of seven seasons with the Tribe. Typically a light hitter, his best year with the bat in the American Association came in 1911 when he hit .278 with 14 doubles.

At the age of 35 Williams moved on, playing with the Kansas City Blues in 1913 in 95 games, adding to his lengthy résumé in the American Association: eight seasons and well over 1,000 games to his credit.

He later managed Muskogee before becoming a coach and athletic trainer at Creighton University.

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