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December 19 – Happy Birthday Walt “No Neck” Williams

Walt Williams got his nickname from Paul Richards, the one-time GM of the old Houston Colt 45s. Richards and Houston coach, Eddie Robinson were meeting with all of Houston’s prospects during spring training and when Willams walked into his appointment, Richards supposedly said, “Look Eddie, this guy’s got no neck.” Despite the lack of an important anatomical appendage, Williams did OK on a baseball field. Born in Brownwood, TX, in 1943, he was a steady big league performer for ten seasons. A .270 lifetime hitter, Walt ended his career as a Yankee reserve outfielder during the 1974 and ’75 seasons. His Yankee teammates enjoyed the affable, always optimistic Williams. When no other big league team wanted him, Walt went on to play in both Mexico and Japan.

“No Neck” shares his December 19th birthday with this former Yankee super scout, this recent Yankee closer and this former Yankee starting pitcher hopeful.

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1974 NYY 43 56 53 5 6 0 0 0 3 1 1 10 .113 .127 .113 .240
1975 NYY 82 200 185 27 52 5 1 5 16 0 8 23 .281 .320 .400 .720
10 Yrs 842 2555 2373 284 640 106 11 33 173 34 126 211 .270 .310 .365 .675
CHW (6 yrs) 603 1918 1776 208 481 86 9 20 116 23 103 147 .271 .314 .363 .678
NYY (2 yrs) 125 256 238 32 58 5 1 5 19 1 9 33 .244 .278 .336 .614
CLE (1 yr) 104 371 350 43 101 15 1 8 38 9 14 29 .289 .316 .406 .722
HOU (1 yr) 10 10 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/23/2013.