Dick Williams fired by Montreal

Picking up where I left off yesterday: In his biography, Williams describes how his demanding ways continued to anger some Expos players. The confrontational skipper’s clashes with Steve Rogers persisted and he rarely saw see eye-to-eye with Ross Grimsley, Jeff Reardon, Warren Cromartie and Ron LeFlore. During the 1980 campaign, he also sensed that supportContinue reading “Dick Williams fired by Montreal”

Dick Williams, Montreal and Steve Rogers

As I continue to weave my way through Dick Williams’ 1990 biography, No More Mr. Nice Guy (one of the finer athlete biographies I’ve read), it’s clear that the feisty Hall of Fame skipper enjoyed his time in Canada. After being fired by the Red Sox in 1969, Williams spent 1970 as Gene Mauch’s third-baseContinue reading “Dick Williams, Montreal and Steve Rogers”

Dick Williams’ “Impossible Dream” began in Toronto

In his candid biography “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” Dick Williams admits he was a “designated smart ass” during his playing career. A chronic shoulder injury hampered him as a player and eventually relegated him to a bench jockey role, where he became an expert at getting under the skin of opposing players. In 13Continue reading “Dick Williams’ “Impossible Dream” began in Toronto”