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February 18, 2019

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Top 30 Las Vegas 51s Players:

17. Eddie Williams (1990, ‘94, ‘98)

In 1998, he belted four home runs and recorded 10 RBIs in the same game

Eddie Williams

Eddie Williams

Eddie Williams wasn’t playing slow-pitch softball on April 22, 1998, no matter how much his stat line might have looked like it.

Instead, Williams was playing Calgary as a member of the Stars. He hit four home runs and knocked in 10 runs that day, part of a tear in which he belted six homers in three days.

Williams’ highlight performance came after he’d spent 10 years in the majors with six teams, ending his career in ’98 with 288 hits in 395 games. He never played as many as 100 games in a season, but made the most of his 175 at-bats in 1994 when he hit .331 with a .594 slugging percentage for the Padres.

The Louisiana native played 15 years in the minors, Williams hit 183 home runs.

He also was part of a memorable moment for fans of the 1990 Triple-A All-Star Game at Cashman Field, when he was the target of Morganna Roberts, “The Kissing Bandit.”

Williams batted .331 during three seasons with the 51s, the second-highest career average behind John Kruk’s .344. He’s at No. 4 in career home runs, No. 5 in RBIs and tied for No. 8 in doubles.

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