Bernie Williams (willibe01)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 175 lb.
- High School Encinal High School
- Debut September 7, 1970
- Final Game May 12, 1974
- Born October 8, 1948 in Alameda, CA USA
Bernie Williams played four years in the major leagues and six in Japan.
He worked his way up the Giants minor league organization from 1967-70, appearing in Medford, Fresno, Amarillo, and Phoenix. When he hit .309 with 8 triples in 1970, he got his first shot at the majors.
The San Francisco Giants outfield in 1970 was Willie Mays, Bobby Bonds, and Ken Henderson, and in the early 1970's some pretty good players besides Williams were also trying to get playing time in the outfield - Garry Maddox, Dave Kingman, and George Foster.
In 1971, he spent part of the season back with Phoenix, hitting .308 with a .529 slugging percentage.
After the 1973 season, Williams was traded with Willie McCovey to the San Diego Padres. He appeared in 14 more games with them in 1974, which was the first season that teammate Dave Winfield played a full season in the outfield. Winfield, who later spent many years with the New York Yankees, just missed being in the outfield with the other Bernie Williams, who broke in with the Yankees in the year after Winfield left them.
He played for the Hankyu Braves from 1975-80, and was an All Star in 1976. He was a valuable player on the 1978 Braves, one of the best Japanese teams of all time.
- In 514 minor league games, he hit 50 home runs.
- In six years in Japan, he hit 96 home runs. He stole 32 bases in his first year in Japan.