Earl Williams, the 1971 National League rookie of the year, died of leukemia last week at age 64. You might not remember Williams, a first-round draft pick who hit 61 home runs over his first two seasons, including 33 as a rookie. His career went into steady decline after that, and he was out of baseball by 1978. And that's when perhaps his most lasting claim to fame took place.
As the New York Times mentioned in his obit over the weekend, Williams was so desperate for a job that he took out a want ad in the Times.
Employment Wanted By Baseball Player
1971 National League Rookie of the Year
Excellent Health -- No Police Record
Have Bat -- Will Travel -- Will Hustle
The "no police record" was a nice touch for the resume; but, unfortunately, there were no major league offers. Williams played two seasons in the Mexican League and then retired, sadly ending what had been a promising career. May he rest in peace.