Billy Leo Williams (born June 15, 1938) is an American former professional baseball outfielder who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) primarily for the Chicago Cubs. In 1961, Williams won the National League (NL) 'Rookie of the Year' award. A highly competitive player on Chicago Cubs teams that never reached the post-season, he finally played in the post-season late in his career with the Oakland Athletics. Like his former Cubs teammates Ernie Banks, Ferguson Jenkins, and Ron Santo, he never played in a World Series. Williams was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1987. Williams was born in Whistler, Alabama. He began his major league career in 1959, a career which nearly stopped before it got under way. Growing up in an integrated neighborhood in the Mobile suburb, he had never experienced overt racial discrimination until he played for the Cubs minor league club in San Antonio, Texas. He was so discouraged that he left the team and went home.
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