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Fred Williams

1915/16 M101-5 Sporting News

Frederick “Cy” Williams (December 21, 1887 - April 23, 1974) was one of the truly great sluggers of the early 1910s and 1920s as he led the National League in home runs four times once the Deadball Era came to a close. The Indiana native played football the University of Notre Dame alongside Knute Rockne, but found that his calling was on the diamond as opposed to the gridiron. Williams signed with the Chicago Cubs and played six years with the Northsiders (1912-1917). Though he didn’t always hit for average, Cy showed his power as he hit 13 home runs in 1915 and led the NL with 12 the following year. Williams was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies to begin the 1918 season and once he found his groove, he led the NL in home runs three more times with the Phils and began to hit for average as he topped the .300-mark six times. On September 8, 1926, against the Brooklyn Robins, Cy Williams became the first player to hit 200 home runs. He led the National League in dingers until Rogers Hornsby took the lead in 1929. Williams is also one of three players born before 1900, with Hornsby and Babe Ruth, to hit more than 200 career home runs. Because of Cy’s incredible power, the Williams Shift began to be employed in the 1920s – shifting the defense toward the right side of the field – though it is more often attributed to legendary Boston Red Sox hitter Ted Williams. Cy Williams played centerfield for 19 seasons in the big leagues (only 17 games in the minors) and hit 251 home runs. He batted .292 with 1,981 hits, 1,024 runs scored and 1,005 RBI in 2,002 games. He also posted a .973 fielding percentage with 4,180 putouts in 4,529 chances.

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 NM-MT 8
1 NM-MT 8
2 NM 7
2 NM 7
3 EX+ 5.5
4 VG 3

Prices By Grade


Grade Most Recent Price Average Price SMR Price Population POP Higher
GEM - MT 10
MINT 9 $915.00
NM - MT 8 $310.00 2
NM 7 $145.00 2 2
EX - MT 6 $90.00 4
EX 5 $50.00 5
VG - EX 4 $28.00 5
VG 3 $16.00 1 5
GOOD 2 $10.00 6
FR 1.5 6
PR 1 $5.00 6
Auth 6

Auction Prices Realized

Date Price Grade Lot # Auction House Auction/Seller Type Cert
05/18/2008 $235 8 285 Memory Lane, Inc. Spring Fever Rarities Auction 03584488
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