Former Orioles catcher Earl Williams dies at 64

1971 NL Rookie of the Year spent two season in Baltimore

January 31, 2013|The Baltimore Sun

Earl Williams, a catcher who played for the Orioles in 1973 and 1974, died earlier this week at his home in Somerset, N.J., according to multiple reports.

Williams, who was the 1971 National League Rookie of the Year while with the Atlanta Braves, was 64 and had been diagnosed with leukemia, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.

He was traded from Atlanta to the Orioles as part of a deal for Pat Dobson, Roric Harrison, Davey Johnson and Johnny Oates in November of 1972. In his two seasons in Baltimore, he batted .245 with 36 home runs and 135 RBIs in 250 games.

He was then traded back to the Braves for Jimmy Freeman.

In his eight-year major league career, he batted .247 with 138 homers and 457 RBIs.

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