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Cy Williams

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Fred "Cy" Williams (December 21, 1887 - April 23, 1974) was a Major League Baseball player for the Chicago Cubs (1912-17) and Philadelphia Phillies (1918-30).

Born in Wadena, Indiana, Williams attended Notre Dame where he studied architecture and played football with the legendary Knute Rockne. His hitting prowess caught the attention of the Chicago Cubs who purchased his contract after he graduated from college. From 1915-1927 he was a consistent power hitting center fielder, leading the National League in home runs four times during his career. He was the first NL player to hit 200 career home runs; he finished his career with 251. He is also one of three players to be born before 1900 and hit 200 homers in his career (Babe Ruth and Rogers Hornsby are the other two)

He hit for the cycle on August 5, 1927.

After retirement he worked as an architect in Three Lakes, Wisconsin. He died there at age 86 in 1974.

All time Phillies leader in extra innings grand slams with 2.

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Preceded by:
Gavvy Cravath
National League Home Run Champion
1916
(with Dave Robertson)
Succeeded by:
Gavvy Cravath & Dave Robertson
Preceded by:
Gavvy Cravath
National League Home Run Champion
1920
Succeeded by:
George Kelly
Preceded by:
Rogers Hornsby
National League Home Run Champion
1923
Succeeded by:
Jack Fournier
Preceded by:
Hack Wilson
National League Home Run Champion
1927
(with Hack Wilson)
Succeeded by:
Jim Bottomley & Hack Wilson

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