Is It Walt "No-Neck" Williams Or Mr. No-Neck?

“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.”

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