FAVORITE BRAVES PLAYERS OF THE 1970'S
#16 EARL WILLIAMS
ATLANTA BRAVES 1970-1972, 1975-1976
Catcher Earl Williams was second only to Hank Aaron as far as power hitting goes during the first year I followed the Braves. His 33 home runs helped him beat out Willie Montanez for Rookie of the Year in 1971. I seem to remember Earl's home runs as being of the epic variety. On September 10, 1971, Earl hit one of only two Brave home runs (This one was off Gaylord Perry) that ever made the upper deck at Atlanta Stadium. (Hank Aaron hit the other)
Earl was involved in "the big trade" for the Braves of the early 70's when he went to Baltimore in 1973 for Roric Harrison, Dave Johnson, Johnny Oates and Pat Dobson. After a couple of seasons in Baltimore, he ended up back with the Braves in 1975.
Earl died in 2013 at the age of 64.