Meet Reno's Silver Sox


State Journal Sports

June 10, 1961

Transcribed by : Tina Easley

Out in front in the California league batting race, virtually

since the opening week, has been the steady and dependable Don

Williams of Reno Silver Sox. Right now the .367 batting average

of Donnie,as the Reno fans call him,continues to set the pace

or all stickers in the fast league.

The 5 '10" Williams has been to bat (not including last night's

game) 166 times and hit safely on 61 occasions. He also has 42

runs batted in.

Fitting in well with Reno's powerful and well-balanced home run

attack, the 170-pound Williams has banged seven homers, Don

(not to be confused wifh Scotty, another Williams on the Reno

quad) is enjoying his best year in baseball, as far as baiting is


He hit ,237 with Shawnee in the 956 Sooner Slate League, and

230 the next year. In 1958 he was with Kokomo in the Mid-

west loop and batted .283. Moving up to Class B, Williams had

259 average for Green Bay of the Three-I League in 1959,and

last season was .246.

The Paragould, Ark., native (he'll be 24 in December) has

had some big defensive seasons.

In 1958 he led the Midwest League shortstops in fielding , assists

and double plays, and made the All-Star team. In 1959 he

paced the Three-I League shortstops in double plays, and last

year in fielding and assists.

Williams is married and has one daughter. His is a baseball playing

family. His older brother and two uncles formerly played

pro ball.

Don  also known as "Arkie"  was graduated from Greene

County Technical High in 1955, attended Arkansas State College,

and was signed to his first pro contract by Bill Schweppe and

Pete Reiser of the Dodgers.


Tina Easley
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