In less than 24 hours from now i will be meeting Mr. Ricky Williams at an AT&T store down in Davie. The autograph signing is free and i can’t wait…. I have everything ready to go since i’ll be heading from work to there. Did you know that Ricky Williams spent four years as a professional baseball player. The Philadelphia Phillies drafted him in the 8th round of the 1995 amateur draft. A shortstop in high school, he became an outfielder in the pro ranks. He hit .239/~.277/.248 for the 1995 Martinsville Phillies and stole 13 bases in 15 tries. In 1996, Ricky moved up to the class A Piedmont Boll Weevils and hit .188/~.239/.259 with a career-high 3 homers and 20 RBI. He struck out 87 times in 266 AB and was caught in 8 of 25 steal attempts.
It was funny cause today while at the card shop i picked up one of his baseball cards, it was in the 25 cent bid…At first i did a double take but than i saw the birthday and it matched….. Here are some of things i hope to get signed…..I already have a mini helmet and football signed by him plus a jersey so……
In 1997, Williams returned to Piedmont and continued to see fairly regular time, hitting .206/~.255/.265 with 44 K in 136 at-bats (9 walks) and 10 steals in 14 tries. He finished up with the 1998 Batavia Muckdogs, hitting .283/~.309/.283 with 16 K, 2 BB, 6 SB in 9 tries and no extra-base hits in 13 games the year he won the Heisman Trophy with the University of Texas. His baseball career was over, but he was still selected in the 1998 Rule V draft by the Montreal Expos, who immediately traded him to the Texas Rangers. The Rangers could not convince him to pursue his baseball career, however.