Former Orioles catcher Earl Williams died Monday night at the age of 64 after being diagnosed with acute leukemia last summer.
Known as a poor defensive player, Williams was the National League Rookie of the Year in 1971 as he hit 33 home runs and drove in 87 runs in his first full season. He followed that up with 28 homers a year later, prompting Baltimore manager Earl Weaver to covet the offensive catcher that offseason.
Prior to the 1973 season, Williams was traded with Taylor Duncan to the Orioles for second baseman Davey Johnson, pitchers Pat Dobson and Roric Harrison, and catcher Johnny Oates.
Williams was a flop in Baltimore, hitting .245 with 36 home runs in two seasons. Meanwhile, Johnson went on to have a career year in 1973 with 43 home runs and 99 runs batted in.