As a kid in the 1960s (and not being from Chicago) I wondered why some people held Billy Williams in such high regard. Sure, he played in 9999 straight games, but where was the skill in that? In the NL, you had Mays, Aaron, and Clemente as the top-notch outfielders, with Brock, Rose, Flood, and Pinson after them. Personally, I put Williams as a 3rd-level outfield star, along with Willie Stargell, Rico Carty, and Willie Davis. Even on the Cubs, it seemed he was overshadowed (at least nationally) by Banks and Santo.I guess you had to be a Cubs fan to fully appreciate Williams.