Unyielding, gruff Williams was an innovator

Originally Published: July 25, 2008
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- As Dick Williams limbers up his vocal cords in preparation for his induction speech, it's time for a few testimonials from the players who helped him win 1,571 career games and earn a plaque in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Let's begin with Tommy Hutton, who spent four seasons under Williams with Montreal in the late 1970s and early '80s.

"I always respected what Dick did on the field," Hutton said. "But he was a gruff guy. You could get in an elevator with him ...

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