Signed in blue ballpoint pen on the sweet spot
Inscription: HOF 87
Tri-Star Platinum 2/12 COA (7165336)
Billy Leo Williams (born June 15, 1938) is a retired American Major League Baseball (MLB) outfielder who played sixteen seasons for the Chicago Cubs and two seasons for the Oakland Athletics. Williams was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1987. In 1999, he was named a finalist for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.
Williams was one of the best Cubs players. He was the 1961 NL Rookie of the Year and was a National League (NL) and Cubs All-Star for six seasons. In 1970, he had a .322 batting average with 42 home runs and 129 runs batted in (RBI), led the NL with 205 hits, and was the NL Most Valuable Player runner-up. In 1972, he won the NL batting title hitting .333. Williams hit over 400 home runs in his career including 30 or more for five seasons. He also hit over .300 for five seasons and had over 100 RBI for ten seasons.
Williams was a highly competitive player on Chicago Cubs teams that never reached the post-season. When he finally played in the post-season during the next to final year of his career with the Oakland Athletics, the "A's" did not play in the World Series. In 1999, he was selected as a member of the Cubs All-Century Team.