June 13, 1932 - June 11, 2013
Resident of Oakland
William "Billy" Williams, surrounded by family members, passed away on June 11, 2013, two days before his 81st birthday. Born on June 13, 1932, in Newberry, SC, Billy's lifetime love was baseball, spending over 50 playing, teaching and coaching. Billy gave players the confidence to believe in themselves and their unlimited potential. Billy's professional baseball career started in 1952 and in 1954 he signed with the Cleveland Indians. Billy spent most of the next 18 years in the Indians' farm system. In 1969, at the age of 39, Billy played for the Seattle Pilots.
After his playing days ended, he spent 11 seasons coaching in the Cleveland Indians' organization, including at the major league level in 1995-97. Billy then continued to impart his baseball knowledge as a hitting and third base coach for the Sioux Falls Canaries in the Northern League and the Sioux City Explorers.
Billy is survived by his wife of 53 years, Gloria Christine Williams; his sons Derrick, Jerome, Billy Jr. and Michael; his daughters: Vivian, Cheryl, Tracy, and the late Belita; 3 brothers; 2 sisters and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Donations may be made to "Catch The Next Ball", 14208 Doolittle Drive, San Leandro, CA 94577.
Published in Inside Bay Area on June 16, 2013