The power-hitting corner infielder turned catcher who won the National Rookie of the Year Award in 1971 has died. Earl Williams, who played for the Braves, Orioles, Expos and Athletics, died late Wednesday at his home in Somerset, N.J., not far from his Newark birthplace. Williams was 64 years old. The Newark Star-Ledger reported his death, noting that Williams had been diagnosed with acute leukemia last summer. The newspaper said Williams was with his wife of 33 years, Linda, and a stepdaughter, Raquel West, and also that he was survived by granddaughter Ruquayyah Williams.
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