RENO EVENING GAZETTE, JANUARY 10,1962

by the SportingNews.

Shortstop Leader, Batting

Champ Wins Vote

Transcribed by : Tina Easley

Don Williams, shortstop sparkplug of the champion

Reno Silver Sox,has been chosen "Athlete of the

Year" for 1961 by the Sierra-Nevada Sportswriters

and Broadcasters Association,

Williams, who batted .363 to win the league title,

was previously named the California League's Most

Valuable Player of 1961 and recently was chosen for

a national all-minor league team bythe Sporting News.

"The Reno writers and broadcasters

made their selection their weekly meeting Tuesday.

The Athlete of the Year

plaque will be given to Williams at the annual dinner,

be held Sunday, Feb. 18, in the

Shore Room of the Holiday Hotel.

Donnie might also qualify for a "comeback of the year" award.

In five previous professional seasons, Williams had been

slick fielder but had never achieved higher than a .283 batting

mark. In 1960,he hit only .246 at Green Bay of the Three-Eye League.

Also honored banquet

But with the Silver Sox last season, the Paragould, Ark., native

became a solid stickman. He led the league in batting average,

runs (1321,hits (197),and times at -bat; was third in total bases

(291)and doubles (32)and hit iome runs. He was above .400

Briefly at midseason, and battled huskier teammates.

Keno's 1961 team won both halt-season pennants and set a

club record for victories, 97 against 43 losses.

Of German , Irish and English descent, Williams played baseball,

basketball and football at Green County Technical High, in

Paragould,Ark. At 18, he was signed to a pro contract by Bill

Schweppe and Pete Resier, former Brooklyn Dodge Star for the Los Angeles Dodgers

An older brother and two uncles formerly played pro ball.

In 1958 and 1959 he led his league in fielding by shortstops

and was an all-Midwest League Kokomoin 1958.