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Former Sox Manager Dick Williams Dies

Boston Red Sox manager Dick Williams, right, and Roger Maris, of the St. Louis Cardinals, chat before Game 2 of the 1967 World Series in Boston. (AP)

Boston Red Sox manager Dick Williams, right, and Roger Maris, of the St. Louis Cardinals, chat before Game 2 of the 1967 World Series in Boston. (AP)

BOSTON — Dick Williams, the Hall of Fame baseball manager who led the Red Sox on their “Impossible Dream” in 1967, has died. He was 82.

When Williams took over the Red Sox, he made one promise:

The only thing I can tell you right now, I’ll guarantee you we’ll have a hustling ball club and they won’t quit. They didn’t quit on me in Toronto and I don’t intend to have anybody quit on me here.

And they did not. Known for turning around losing teams, Williams’ ’67 Sox team represented the organization’s first World Series appearance in 21 years. The team, nicknamed the Cardiac Kids, went on to the 1967 World Series, falling short of the title in seven games against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Williams would later win two World Series titles managing the Oakland Athletics in the 1970s. He also led the San Diego Padres to the World Series in 1984.

He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008.

Williams died of a brain aneurysm at his home in Las Vegas Thursday.

Dave Faneuf and The WBUR Newsroom contributed to this report.

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