Before Frank Thomas, Williams was baseball’s Big Hurt. The 6-foot, 5-inch 230-pound right hander pitched for 14 years in the major leagues, most notably for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1958-1962. His best season was 1961 when he started 35 games for Los Angeles, winning 15 of them and striking out 205 hitters in 235 innings. His strikeout total was good for second in the National League. Only teammate Sandy Koufax fanned more NL hitters that season than Williams. In his career he tallied 109 wins against 94 losses while registering 1305 strikeouts. He was named to the All-Star team in 1960 and was on the 1959 World Series champions as well. Following his on-field career, Williams served as a pitching coach for 14 years with Boston, the Yankees, Seattle, the White Sox and the Reds. He earned his second World Series ring in 1990 with Cincinnati.
Stan Williams – career stats