The Man in the Dugout: Fifteen Big League Managers Speak Their Minds

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DICK WILLIAMS

RICHARD HIRSCHFIELD WILLIAMS

Born: May 7, 1928, St. Louis, Missouri

Managerial career: Boston Red Sox, 1967-69; Oakland Athletics, 1971-73; California Angels, 1974-76; Montreal Expos, 1977-

Dick Williams had a thirteen-year big league career, primarily as a versatile utility man, with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Athletics, and Boston Red Sox. In 1967 he took a Red Sox team that had finished ninth the year before and led them to a pennant. Later, Williams went on to manage the Oakland Athletics to World Championships in 1972 and 1973.

You lay all your groundwork in the spring, and then you keep on it--on how you want them to play. I'm talking about the basic fundamentals. If a guy hangs a curve or a guy fumbles a ground ball, you can't do anything about it. Those are physical mistakes, and you don't get on a man for them because you know he's making an effort. They're going to happen, and they're going to happen again. But mental mistakes I can't tolerate. A man has to know what he's got to do on the field at all times, and it's got to be automatic. Missing a cutoff man looks like a physical action; to me it's a mental mistake. It shouldn't happen. I can't tolerate a guy missing signs. I won't tolerate it. And I tell these guys that. There's no excuse for missing a sign.

I enjoy managing. It's true the manager is very vulnerable. It's the most insecure position in the organization. But it's something I love to do. I love the challenge. I can tell you just when I began thinking about managing--in 1952, right after I dove for a fly ball

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • Introduction 3
  • 1 - Bobby Bragan 7
  • 2 - Burleigh Grimes 30
  • 3 - Eddie Sawyer 59
  • 4 - Joe Mccarthy 80
  • 5 - Walter Alston 96
  • 6 - Paul Richards 118
  • 7 - Ossie Bluege 144
  • 8 - Bob Shawkey 166
  • 9 - Al Lopez 180
  • 10 - Dick Williams 198
  • 11 - Roger Peckinpaugh 212
  • 12 - Mayo Smith 230
  • 13 - Billy Herman 241
  • 14- Luke Sewell 256
  • 15 - Jimmy Dykes 274
  • Appendix: Statistics 297
  • Index 335
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