Kenny Williams
American baseabll player
Kenny Williams
Kenneth Royal Williams is a former outfielder in Major League Baseball and the current general manager of the Chicago White Sox. Williams graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in East San Jose, California in 1982; while in high school, he excelled in football. He also played football at Stanford University before leaving to become a professional baseball player.
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Kenny Williams, Zoraida Sambolin sell Gold Coast mansion for $3.54 million
Chicago Times - about 1 year
Chicago White Sox Executive Vice President Kenny Williams and his wife, WMAQ-Ch. 5 morning news anchor Zoraida Sambolin, on Tuesday sold their five-bedroom, 6,300-square-foot 19th-century Gold Coast mansion for $3.54 million. Williams, 51, and Sambolin, 50, married in 2014. A former Sox player...
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Kenny Williams, Zoraida Sambolin sell Gold Coast mansion for $3.54 million
Chicago Times - about 1 year
Chicago White Sox Executive Vice President Kenny Williams and his wife, WMAQ-Ch. 5 morning news anchor Zoraida Sambolin, on Tuesday sold their five-bedroom, 6,300-square-foot 19th-century Gold Coast mansion for $3.54 million. Williams, 51, and Sambolin, 50, married in 2014. A former Sox player...
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Kenny Williams, Zoraida Sambolin sell Gold Coast mansion for $3.54 million
Chicago Times - about 1 year
Chicago White Sox Executive Vice President Kenny Williams and his wife, WMAQ-Ch. 5 morning news anchor Zoraida Sambolin, on Tuesday sold their five-bedroom, 6,300-square-foot 19th-century Gold Coast mansion for $3.54 million. Williams, 51, and Sambolin, 50, married in 2014. A former Sox player...
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Kenny Williams, Zoraida Sambolin buy Lake Michigan home for $2.33 million
Chicago Times - over 1 year
Chicago White Sox Executive Vice President Kenny Williams and his wife, WMAQ-Ch. 5 morning news anchor Zoraida Sambolin, have paid more than $2.33 million for a four-bedroom, 7,265-square-foot mansion on Lake Michigan in New Buffalo, Mich. The purchase is the latest change to the power couple's...
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White Sox exec Kenny Williams lists Gold Coast mansion for $3.75 million
Chicago Times - over 1 year
Chicago White Sox Executive Vice President Kenny Williams and his wife, WMAQ-Ch. 5 morning news anchor Zoraida Sambolin, on Monday placed their five-bedroom, 6,300-square-foot vintage Gold Coast mansion on the market for $3.75 million. Williams, 51, and Sambolin, 50, married in 2014. He bought...
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UVA Basketball: Replacing Justin Anderson
isports web - almost 2 years
The UVA basketball program was dealt tough news last week as junior wing Justin Anderson declared for the 2015 NBA Draft. Once pegged as the top team in country in early rankings by many publications, Virginia will now have a tough time contending for a national championship. Tony Bennett and company now have the difficult task of finding a way to replace the former All-ACC performer’s shooting, athleticism, and energy. Here, I explore possible some directions that they may go in their starting lineup. Marial Shayok A very likely scenario for UVA is to start the game with a three guard lineup, with Brogdon guarding the opponent’s 3. While Brogdon doesn’t have great height or length for the small forward position, he does have the strength to still play the 3. Coming off the bench for UVA this season, Shayok flashed potential of becoming an impact player down the road for the Cavaliers. His length and athleticism, while not on Anderson’s level, is still very good. Also, his shooting ...
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Kenny Williams appreciates John Elway's style
Chicago Times - about 3 years
White Sox exec likes bold way Broncos front office leader executes game plan just as he did as college teammate and Super Bowl QB NEW YORK — On the day in March 2012 when John Elway boldly pulled off the biggest free-agent signing in NFL history for the Broncos, White Sox executive vice president Kenny Williams responded to his former Stanford teammate with admiration — and an admonition.     
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Former spokesman for President Ronald Reagan dies
Yahoo News - about 3 years
A former spokesman for President Ronald Reagan who took over from James Brady in 1981 after the then-press-secretary was wounded in an assassination attempt against the president, died on Friday in Mississippi, a funeral home owner said. Larry Speakes, who had Alzheimer's disease, died in his sleep at his home in Cleveland, Mississippi, said Kenny Williams, owner of the Cleveland Funeral Home. Speakes joined the Reagan administration in 1981 as deputy press secretary after previously serving as vice president of public relations firm Hill and Knowlton. Later that year, he took over from Brady as acting press secretary after Brady was wounded in the shooting attack on Reagan, and Speakes held the position until 1987.
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Larry Speakes Dead: Former Reagan Spokesman Dies At 74
Huffington Post - about 3 years
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Larry Speakes, who spent six years as acting press secretary for President Ronald Reagan, has died in his native Mississippi. He was 74. Kenny Williams of the Cleveland Funeral Home says Speakes died Friday at his home in Cleveland, Miss., where he had lived the past several years. Williams says Speakes had Alzheimer's disease and died in his sleep. He was buried in North Cleveland Cemetery during a private service Friday morning. Speakes became Reagan's acting spokesman after Press Secretary James Brady was injured during an assassination attempt on Reagan in 1981. After resigning in 1987, Speakes worked for Merrill Lynch in New York. He returned to Washington in 1988 and worked in public relations for Northern Telecom and the U. S. Postal Service, retiring in 2008.
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Dad: Kyle Williams did not want fresh start, but a 49ers Super Bowl ring
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
I know this should be in the 49ers blog, but I’m not trusted with the keys to get into that one. So here goes… I ran into Chicago White Sox executive vice president Kenny Williams at baseball’s general manager meetings in Orlando this morning and asked about his son Kyle being placed on waivers by the 49ers yesterday. They talked almost as soon as it happened. I wondered if any part of Kyle was glad to get a fresh start in a city where he was not saddled with the history of his two late, crucial fumbles in the NFC Championship Game after the 2011 season. Kenny Williams said absolutely Read More
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Ex-NBA player Kenny Williams sentenced to nine months
USA Today - over 3 years
Kenny Williams also will pay $660,000 in restitution in a child support case.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kenny Williams
    FORTIES
  • 2014
    Age 49
    Williams wed television journalist Zoraida Sambolin in July 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Williams has two new step children, Sambolin's son Nicolas and daughter Sofia.
  • 2012
    Age 47
    On October 26, 2012, Williams was promoted to Executive Vice President of the Chicago White Sox while Assistant GM Rick Hahn was promoted to General Manager.
    More Details Hide Details Kenny resides in Naperville, Illinois. He has 5 children: entrepreneur TeMeka C. Williams, former Professional Scout for the White Sox Dedrick Q. Williams, former Wichita State University baseball player Kenny Williams, Jr. (a 2008 draftee of the White Sox) and now scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Kyle Williams (also a 2006 draftee of the White Sox), and Tyler Williams, who attended Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona (the same High school as White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko). Tyler is currently playing in the Chicago White Sox Farm System as a first baseman for the class A affiliate Kannapolis Intimidators. Kenny also has one granddaughter. Kenny Williams is currently remarried.
  • 2011
    Age 46
    On October 6, 2011, Kenny Williams hired Robin Ventura as the new manager of the Chicago White Sox.
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  • 2008
    Age 43
    In early January 2008, he traded Gio Gonzalez, Fautino de los Santos, and Ryan Sweeney for Nick Swisher.
    More Details Hide Details With pitcher Jake Peavy being acquired at the trade deadline for the 2009 season, Williams was referred to by Gordon Edes of Yahoo Sports as a "stealth bomber" for his under the radar moves. On August 10,, Williams made another under-the-radar move, by claiming OF Alex Ríos off the waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays. On September 29, 2011, Ozzie Guillén was traded to the Miami Marlins, along with minor league pitcher Ricardo Andres. The Marlins assumed the last year on Guillen's contract, in exchange for minor league pitchers Jhan Marinez and Osvaldo Martinez.
  • 2006
    Age 41
    Because of these maneuvers, the White Sox were once again favored to win the 2006 American League Central.
    More Details Hide Details At the All-Star break, the White Sox were tied with the Detroit Tigers for first place and held a 6-game lead over the New York Yankees for the wild card. The lead evaporated in the second half of the season and despite winning 90 games, they fell short and finished in third place in their Division behind the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins, thereby not making the playoffs. In the offseason before the season, Williams traded away Freddy García to the Phillies and acquired prospects, Gavin Floyd and Gio Gonzalez, in return. He also signed veteran free agent Darin Erstad to a one-year, $1 million contract. Williams has also stated that the team needs to get younger and improve its scouting.
    In the off-season prior to the 2006 season, Williams set out to improve his world championship team further by acquiring pitcher Javier Vázquez from the Arizona Diamondbacks and slugger Jim Thome from the Philadelphia Phillies.
    More Details Hide Details In addition, Williams was cognizant of the large role that the bench played under Ozzie Guillén and solidified it by trading for Rob Mackowiak and Alex Cintrón.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2000
    Age 35
    In October 2000, Williams replaced Ron Schueler as the general manager of the White Sox.
    More Details Hide Details Williams inherited Jerry Manuel as his first manager, who had just led them to 95 wins and a division title prior to Williams being promoted to GM. At the conclusion of the 2003 season Manuel was fired despite a winning record of 86-76. Williams then hired popular former Chicago shortstop Ozzie Guillén as the team's manager in. Since becoming the White Sox GM, Williams has become known for his aggressive moves to bolster the Sox lineup. This reputation was strengthened following the season, when Williams completely made over the White Sox team by switching its on-field focus from home runs to pitching, defense, and speed. Accordingly, he acquired players which excelled in those areas, through free agent signings (Orlando Hernández, Dustin Hermanson, Jermaine Dye, A. J. Pierzynski, Tadahito Iguchi), trades (Scott Podsednik, José Contreras, Freddy García) and the farm system (Joe Crede, Aaron Rowand)Both Crede and Rowand were drafted by Schueler. Williams' off-season maneuvers were reflected in an extremely successful campaign for the South Siders, one in which they held the best record in all of baseball for most of the year, and finished with the best record in the AL to clinch their first AL Central Division title since 2000, their first American League pennant since 1959, and their first World Series since 1917.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1990
    Age 25
    He is best remembered as a player for a bizarre incident during the 1990 season, where a series of wild throwing errors resulted in him (on base as a pinch-runner) rounding third base and mauling over third base coach John McLaren, knocking him out in the process (Williams himself was winded, but eventually ended up scoring the run).
    More Details Hide Details This humorous clip would be played over and over in blooper reels for years to come. The Blue Jays then put him on waivers during the season, with Canada's other major league team, the Montreal Expos, picking him up. Williams decided to retire from baseball after being released by Montreal following the 1991 season. In November, Williams rejoined the White Sox organization as a scout. Named special assistant to Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf in, he spent some time as a studio analyst for Sox games on SportsChannel Chicago before becoming the team's director of minor league operations in. In, he was named vice-president of player development, a position in which he remained until.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1964
    Born
    Born on April 6, 1964.
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