Monday, April 2, 2012

Dib Williams, Columbus Red Bird

Edwin Dibrell Williams, born January 19, 1910 at Greenbrier, Arkansas, passed away 20 years ago today at Searcy, Arkansas at the age of 82.

Williams performed as a second-baseman virtually his entire minor league career, but in 1942 the Columbus Red Birds stationed the 32-year-old at first-base where he appeared in 72 games, showing a very assured approach to defense as reflected by his .995 fielding percentage. He batted .264 with 72 hits in 85 games.

For the following few years Williams was performing for a different team, the US Army during World War II, returning to baseball at the Class A level in 1946.

He is buried at Thorn Cemetery in Greenbrier, Arkansas.

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