Fred 'Cy' Williams was a highly sought after college athlete, who excelled at Notre Dame in football, track and baseball. He was signed by the Chicago Cubs immediately after his graduation in 1912. After playing only part-time during his first three seasons, he powered 13 home runs in 1915; the next season his 12 homers tied for the National League lead. He was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1918 and blossomed into one of the top players in baseball.
An all-around athlete, Cy Williams had speed, an excellent throwing arm and bulging muscles. With the introduction of the lively ball in 1920, he led the NL with 15 homers and racked up a .325 batting mark, the first of six years of hitting over .300. By 1923, he along with Babe Ruth were baseball's power-boys. In 1923, Cy Williams 41 homers tied him with Ruth for the ML lead. He won his fourth NL home run title with 30 in 1927 at the age of 39. When he retired after the 1930 season, his 251 career homers were the NL record for left-handed batters. Fred Cy Williams career: .292 BA, 1,981 hits, in 2002 Games, 306 Ds, 74 Ts, 251 Hrs, 1024 R, 1005 RBIs, a high .470 slg/pct, 690 Ws, and struck out only 721 times in 6,780 at bats. baseballhistorian.com