1901-1907, New York Yankees
New York Yankees all-time best second basemen – No. 7: Jimmy Williams
Jimmy Williams is the very first everyday second baseman in franchise history. He played his years as an Oriole and a Highlander, manning the cornerstone from 1901 through 1907.
For his era, he was considered a bit of a power hitter. He led the league in triples three times. One of those seasons was for Pittsburgh as a rookie. His 27 three-baggers that yeat is still the record for triples by a rookie.
For this franchise, he hit 31 career home runs and was in the top ten in this category four times. Twice, he was in the top ten in slugging percentage. Not only did he have good numbers for homers and triples, but he also belted out 176 doubles in his seven years with the franchise.
While his best overall season was his rookie year for Pittsburgh, Williams was a solid performer for several seasons for this franchise. He played in at least 129 games each season and recorded two campaigns in which he hit better than .300.
Twenty-first-century fans may not know the name, but Williams ranks ahead of several better- known players as the seventh-best second baseman in franchise history.