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"It couldn't happen to a better guy, not only one of the greatest Cubs ever but one of the greatest influences on Cub players and employees," Hendry said. "The guy's been so good to all of us, and he carries himself with the utmost of humility and class."
Williams, 71, was asked why he still works in the front office and why he continues to serve as an instructor during spring training.
"Two days after I finished high school, I was on my way to Ponca City, Okla. (to play for the Cubs' Class D affiliate in 1956)," Williams said. "It gets in your blood. To enjoy the players, to still get excited to see a good baseball game ... I love the game. And this is how I played it."
The base of the statue will be inscribed with the words "Sweet Swinging," paying homage to Williams' smooth left-handed stroke.
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