Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Jimmy Williams dies

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Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Jimmy Williams died on Monday in Baltimore. He was 90.

The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame confirmed his death in a release Tuesday night.

Williams was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1940s and played in their minor league system for 18 seasons from 1947 to 1964. The Toronto native later coached at the minor and major league levels.

Williams had one of his best seasons with the triple-A Montreal Royals in 1955, playing alongside future Cooperstown Hall of Famers Don Drysdale and Tommy Lasorda. He batted .329 and hit 13 homers.

Williams hit .288 and clubbed 126 home runs during his minor-league career.

He managed in the minors for 17 seasons for the Dodgers, Oakland A’s, Houston Astros and Baltimore Orioles. He also coached in the majors with the Astros in 1975 and with the Orioles from 1981 to 1987, where he was the first base coach on the O’s 1983 World Series-winning team.

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