Fun Facts About Baseball's Greatest Players - Ted Williams #4
Theodore Samuel Williams was a power hitter born in San Diego California on August 30, 1918. Ted Williams went by many nicknames including The Kid, The Splinter, Teddy Ballgame and The Thumper. Ted is considered one of the best hitters to ever play the game. His career batting average of .344 is among the best. In the 1941 season, Williams hit an amazing .406. He is the last professional baseball player to hit over .400 in a single season. Ted played his entire career with the Boston Red Sox, joining them on April 20, 1939. His last game was with the Red Sox on September 28, 1960. Williams missed the seasons between 1943 - 1945 due to mandatory military service. He served in World War 2
and the Korean War. Ted Played for 19 seasons with the Red Sox getting 2654 hits total. He was an All-Star left fielder for all 19 years he played ball. He finished with a.344 batting average ranking him seventh all-time. A good batting average was only one of his traits. He could hit the ball deep also, he hit 521 home runs and had 1839runs batted in.
Williams was an unusual player in the fact he threw the ball with his right hand and batted on the left side of the plate. You just don't see that much. With such a great hitting percentage what's more amazing his on-base percentage. He had an astonishing career percentage of .482. This means he was on base almost 50% of the time. A hitting background like this means a lot of highlights and awards.
Ted was a two time American League Most Valuable Player winning the Triple Crown twice in 1942 and again in 1947. He was a six-time American League batting champion and four-time home run and RBI leader. The Thumper holds one Major League Baseball record, his .482on base percentage tops the charts. Ted later went on the coach the Washington Senators and Texas Rangers. His record was 273-364 with a winning percentage of only .429. That's just a little better than his single-season average.
With a stellar career like this, the Boston Red Sox retires his number 9 jersey. They also inducted him into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame. Ted is on the Major League Baseball All-Century Team and the MLB All-Time team. Ted Williams was inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966 on the first ballot.