Dick Williams to the Hall of Fame

The first real news of the Winter Meetings has been announced,
and no, it has nothing to do with Johan Santana.

The Veterans Committee announced five new additions to the Hall of Fame this morning, and the most noteworthy electee _ at least from a Bay Area standpoint _ was former A’s manager Dick Williams. Williams, the manager of the A’s first two World Series champions in Oakland in 1972 and ’73, received 13 of 16 votes by the committee.

Initial reaction: The honor was long overdue. Williams also was the manager of the 1967 “Impossible Dream” AL champion Boston Red Sox, and also guided the 1984 San Diego Padres to the World Series. He also led the Montreal Expos to their only playoff appearance in 1981. He ranks 18th on baseball’s all-time list with  1,571 wins.

The other additions to the Hall are longtime NL manager Billy Southworth, former commissioner Bowie Kuhn, one-time Los Angeles Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley and Barney Dreyfuss, a Pittsburgh Pirates owner from 1900-32 who was instrumental in the creation of the World Series.