Earl Williams, 1971 Rookie of the Year, dies at age 64

earlwilliamsEarl Williams, winner of the 1971 National League Rookie of the Year award, has died at the age of 64, Williams died earlier this week of acute myeloid leukemia.

Williams earned the 1971 rookie award after hitting 33 home runs with Atlanta. He hit 28 homers the next year, before being traded to Baltimore in a mutiplayer dead that saw Davey Johnson go to the Braves.

He would play two seasons in Baltimore before returning back to the Braves. He later played for Montreal and then Oakland. His last season in the majors was 1977 at the age of 29.

Williams hit 138 career homers with 457 RBIs and batted .247.

A funeral service will be held Feb. 9 at First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, NJ.

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