Saturday, January 23, 2010

1976 Topps #332 - Charlie Williams

  • Charlie Williams was drafted by the New York Mets in 1968. He played in the Mets' system from 1968-1970. Williams spent the entire 1971 season with the Mets. In 31 games (9 starts) he was 5-6 with a 4.78 ERA. Charlie was the only Met who was born in Flushing, N.Y.

  • Williams started the 1972 season with AAA Tidewater. On May 11 he was sent to the San Francisco Giants (along with $50,000) for Willie Mays. Charlie pitched in three games for the Giants (0-2 with an 8.64 ERA) and then went to AAA Phoenix for the rest of the season.

  • Charlie didn't pitch much in 1973. He started five games for Phoenix and pitched in 12 games (2 starts) for the Giants from late May to early July. His record with the Giants in '73 was 3-0 with a 6.65 ERA.

  • Williams became a reliever and spot starter in 1974, a role he would have for the rest of his career. In 39 games (7 starts) Charlie was 1-3 with a 2.78 ERA in 1974. In 1975 Williams was 5-3 with 3 saves and a 3.49 ERA in 55 games (2 starts).

  • Charlie was 2-0 with 1 save and a 2.96 ERA in 48 games (2 starts) in 1976. Williams had career highs in innings (119.2), games (55), and wins in 1977. He was 6-5 with a 4.00 ERA in '77.

  • Williams didn't pitch as much in 1978. He appeared in 25 games (1 start) and was 1-3 with a 5.44 ERA. According to Baseball Reference Williams also spent some time with Houston's AAA club during the 1978 season but I don't see where that could fit in with his major league appearances. There is also no record of a transaction involving Williams going to the Astros.

  • Williams retired after the 1978 season.

  • Liked to face: Darrell Evans (.000 in 11 AB); Ken Reitz (.091 in 11 AB); Al Oliver (.111 in 18 AB)
  • Hated to face: Marty Perez (.700 in 10 AB); Reggie Smith (.538 in 13 AB); Greg Gross (.533 in 15 AB)


  1. matt i sent you an email asking about Tito F. and that i need your address.... did you get it?? if not please email me

  2. Wow! To be able to say "I was traded for Willie Mays!"