Is It Walt “No-Neck” Williams Or Mr. No-Neck?

Posted September 29th, 2010 by Tom Owens and filed in Paul Richards, Walt Williams

“Call me anything: except later to supper!”

That old one-liner made me think. If no one notices you in the majors, you won’t get a nickname. Even a questionable title means you’re getting recognized.

So, how did Walt Williams feel today about the nickname that stemmed from a critique of his physique from White Sox manager Paul Richards? Williams responded:

“At first I didn’t like it, but as the years pass, it was okay.”

Williams racked up five hits in a 1970 win against Boston, a 22-13 slugfest. How did that feel?

“It always feels good when you get hits in a win.”

Surveying Williams’ 1968 Topps card (as seen AUTOGRAPHED on the nifty link above), I saw he made Topps’ All-Rookie Team. Was this a real award, or just a doodad slapped on your card? He confirmed that Topps gave a trophy, like the one in the photo. (No, I didn’t ask if the trophy was bigger than the one on the card…)

Lastly, I was pleased to praise Williams on his post-baseball career, working with youth back in his Texas hometown. His reply inspired me:

“I always wanted to give something back, for being blessed with all the things. Baseball was a part of things I had and things that baseball helped.”

2 Responses to “Is It Walt “No-Neck” Williams Or Mr. No-Neck?”

  1. Mark says:

    Sean Langon has made a tribute card to Walt Williams and received a TTM signing. It can be viewed at his Condition: Poor blog.

  2. WilliC says:

    One of my all time favorite ball players. It was a joy to watch him play and hustle all the time!

Leave a Reply