Baseball Hall of Fame Manager Dick Williams Dies
William dead at 82 from a ruptured aortic aneurysm
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 8, 2011 9:46 AM CDT
In this Oct. 7, 1984, file photo, San Diego Padres manager Dick Williams holds the National League trophy in San Diego.   ((AP Photo/File))
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(Newser) – By taking over a ninth-place team and leading it to the pennant in his first year as a big-league manager in Boston, Dick Williams earned the reputation of being a turnaround artist that he built on later in Montreal and San Diego. By taking over an emerging powerhouse in Oakland and leading the Athletics to back-to-back World Series titles to start a dynasty in the 1970s, Williams became a Hall of Famer. Williams, one of only two managers ever to lead three teams to the World Series, died yesterday from a ruptured aortic aneurysm at a hospital near his home in Henderson, Nev. He was 82.

“He came to us at a very good time in our development and certainly for me as a young player full of talent,” Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson said. “We were young and needed to understand how to go about winning … He demanded excellence.” There was a moment of silence with Williams' picture on the scoreboard at Yankee Stadium and Dodger Stadium before last night's games.