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December 04, 2007

It all started in Fort Worth

Former manager Dick Williams appeared before the media Tuesday at the winter meetings, about 24 hours after he was elected for enshrinement in the Hall of Fame.

The past few days have been a time of reflection for the 78-year-old, who had 21-year managerial career that featured two World Series wins with the Athletics and more than 1,500 victories.

He said the foundation for his success was laid in the 1950s as a player for the Fort Worth Cats.

“Fort Worth is where it all happened for me,” said Williams, who lives in Las Vegas with wife and Fort Worth native Norma. “I went from there to the major leagues.”

Williams, who remains close to Fort Worth baseball icon Bobby Bragan, said it would have been unrealistic to imagine becoming a Hall of Famer while with the Cats.

"You always hoped," he said. "I played hard enough that I got a major-league contract. I knew how the game was supposed to be played, and exercising that and being at the right place at the right time gave me my chance."

-- Jeff Wilson

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