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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Barry Williams showed sterling defense in a 1990 game at Utica; Saw two pro seasons

The Utica Blue Sox took the win this night in July 1990 and they did so with a lot of help from the glove of Barry Williams, The Elmira Star-Gazette wrote.

The left-fielder Williams kept Elmira frustrated with "sterling defensive plays" in the 5-1 victory, The Star-Gazette wrote.

Williams showed those defensive skills in his second season as a pro. That campaign also proved his last. He toped out at short-season.

Williams' career began in 1989, signed by the White Sox as a free agent out of his native Kansas City.

Williams started with the White Sox in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He saw five games and went 3 for 21. He picked up two of those hits in an August game.

He then moved to short-season Utica for 1990. The back of his Utica card recorded his nickname as "BabyBo." It also noted he enjoyed video games that Willie Mays was his favorite all-time player and the Pirates were his favorite team.

On the field, he went 4 for 5 in a July game, with a two-run double. Overall, he got into 59 games and hit .209. He also stole 16 bases. That season marked his last as a pro.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,634
Made the Majors:1,248-34.3%
Never Made Majors:2,386-65.7%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:520
10+ Seasons in the Minors:307

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