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Virginia native Woody Williams spent sixteen seasons in professional baseball from 1934 to 1949.

The infielder spent five seasons in the minor leagues before getting his first chance in the big leagues with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1938. Woody appeared in twenty games and went 17 for 51 with the bat for a .333 average. Despite that performance, he would not be back in the show until three years after the Cincinnati Reds picked him up on waivers in 1940.

He appeared with the Crosley Field team in three consecutive seasons, 1943, 1944 and 1945. The infielder wound up his major league time appearing in 338 games during the four seasons with a .250 batting average and a .965 percentage in the infield. He also led the 1944 National League in plate appearances with 707.

In Woody's thirteen seasons in the minors, he hit over the .300 level five times. His highest number came in his first year (1934), with the Leaksville-Draper-Spray Triplets club of the class D Big State League. Williams hit at a .399 clip and slugged at a .655 number with 16 home runs. In all probability, his best season came in 1939 when he hit .317 for the Nashville Volunteers of the class A1 Southern Association.

Williams finished out his pro baseball career in 1949 at the age of 36. He finished as one of three managers for the Poughkeepsie Chiefs in the class B Colonial League.

After baseball, Williams owned and operated the Williams Grocery Store in Pamplin for thirty years. Woody died on February 24, 1995 and is buried at the Pamplin Community Cemetary in Pamplin, VA. Woodrow Wilson Williams was 82 years of age.

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