Dick Williams to be inducted into Padres Hall of Fame

The San Diego Padres announced Monday that former manager Dick Williams has been elected into the Padres Hall of Fame and will be inducted August 8, prior to the club’s game against the Mets.

The Padres’ manager from 1982-85, Williams led the Friars to a 337-311 record and .520 winning percentage over four years, finishing at .500 or better each season. In the club’s 13 seasons prior to his arrival, the team had posted just one winning season (1978).

Under Williams’ guidance, the Padres went 92-70 in 1984, reaching the playoffs for the first time in franchise history and advancing to the World Series.

“It is an honor to be elected into the Padres Hall of Fame,” said Williams. “I had an incredible experience during my time with the Padres, especially with the 1984 NL Championship team. San Diego holds a special place in my heart and I can’t wait to relive those memories with the fans and teammates who shared them with me.”

As part of the election process, Williams was selected to the Padres Hall of Fame by a vote of members of the local media, including the BBWAA, and San Diego Hall of Champions. He is the eighth person to be elected, joining Buzzie Bavasi, Nate Colbert, Jerry Coleman, Tony Gwynn, Randy Jones, Ray Kroc and Dave Winfield. Also on this year’s ballot were former Padres Ken Caminiti and Garry Templeton.

Williams was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, in 2007 by the Veterans Committee and was inducted on July 27, 2008.

“It is fitting that Dick Williams joins the Padres Hall of Fame during the 40th anniversary season,” said Padres Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer Jeff Moorad. “While his impact on Major League Baseball was affirmed by his recent enshrinement into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, his impact in San Diego during the ’80s, culminating in the Padres claiming their first NL Pennant in 1984, is an important period in franchise history.”

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