Billy Williams statue at Wrigley Field is located at the corner of Sheffield and Addison along side the Ron Santo statue and Captain Morgan bar and restaurant. the dedication for Billy William's statue took place at Wrigley Field on September 7, 2010.
Billy William's Career Highlights
Rookie of the Year, 1961
Birthday, June 15
Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1987, (6th year on the ballot)
1972 National League batting title, .333 batting average
The Cubs retired Billy Williams #26 on August 13, 1987. Williams became the 2nd Cubs player to have their number retired. His teammate Ernie Banks was the first.
Set a National League record playing in 1,117 consecutive games (record was later broken by Steve Garvey)
You Tube clip of Billy Williams Statue unveiling
Article on the Billy Williams Statue dedication and a very nice photo of Billy William's statue
July 26, 1987 Hall of Fame Speech
My favorite quote from Billy William's Hall of Fame speech is the one where he mentions defensive plays in no-hitter's by Ken Holtzman and Milt Pappas. I never saw William's play, but this quote seems to epitomize William's low-key, selfless way. On the day that he has every right to be selfish, he mentions proud moments of being a team player for other player's big moments. Perfect!!
"And looking back over my baseball career, I can recall some great moments. Going high into the vines to catch a line drive off the bat of Henry Aaron to save a no hitter for Kenny Holtzman. (applause) Coming in to make a shoestring catch to save another no hitter for Milt Pappas." (applause)
More important dates in Cubs History for Billy Williams
1969 April 9 Billy Williams ties a ML record hitting 4 consecutive double sduring an 11-3 win over Phillies.
1971 August 17 Billy Williams 2000 hit in a 5-4 loss to Braves in Atl.
1970 August 19 Cubs tie a club record hitting 7 HR"s. Hickman (2), Jenkins , williams, Pepitone, Callison, Beckert.
1968 August 21 Billy Williams drives in 9 runs in a doubleheader sweep of the Braves in Wrigley Field.
1972 October 4 Billy Williams goes 1-3 to win batting the Nationl League batting title, ending the season with a batting average of .333.