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Stan Williams, legendary former Dodgers pitcher, dies

Stan Williams, legendary former Dodgers pitcher, dies

Stan Williams, the fearsome All-Star pitcher who helped the Los Angeles Dodgers win the 1959 World Series, has died. He was 84 years old.

Williams passed away Saturday at his home in Laughlin, Nevada. He had been hospitalized on February 11 and subsequently placed in hospice for the effects of cardiopulmonary disease, the Dodgers reported Sunday, later confirmed by his son, Stan Jr.

Williams also lifted a World Series title in 1990 as a pitching coach with the Cincinnati Reds.

The two-time All-Star right-hander was part of a powerful Dodgers rotation that included Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale and Johnny Podres from 1960 to 1962.

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Williams, known as “Big Hurt” because of his fondness for shooting tight pitches, was 109-94 with a 3.48 ERA during a 14-year major league career.

“They always talked about my dad as an evil headhunter. He put on his uniform and changed immediately, ”Stan Jr. commented by phone. “Henry Aaron always said my dad was the toughest guy he ever faced.”

Williams was signed as a free agent by the Dodgers and was added to the major league team when the team moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 1958. He remained with the team until 1962.

He was traded to the New York Yankees for Bill Skowron on November 26, 1962. He was part of the Yankees until 1964 and later moved to Cleveland (1965-69), Minnesota (1970-71), St. Louis (1971) and Boston (1972).

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After retiring as a player, Williams continued in baseball as a pitching coach, talent scout, and advisor to various teams. As a pitching coach, he helped the Red Sox, Yankees and Reds win division, League and World Series titles.

In addition to her son, Williams is survived by her daughter Shawn, her brother Jim Williams, and three grandchildren. His wife Elaine has already passed away. (GG) (MLB in Spanish)

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