Theodore Samuel “Ted” Williams, known to his fans as “Teddy Ballgame”, “The Splendid Splinter”, or “The Kid” is one of the greatest hitters of all time. His career spanned from 1939-1960, all with the Boston Red Sox. Williams left the game of baseball twice to serve his country in the Marine Corps: from 1943-1945 to serve in World War II and again in 1952-1953 to serve in the Korean War. He retired with a career batting average of .344 and his .482 career OBP is the highest of all time. His .406 batting average in 1941 marks the last time any player has hit over .400 in a season. A 17 time all star, he won 2 triple crowns, 2 MVPs, and 6 batting titles, including the 1958 batting title at age 40, making him the oldest player ever to win the crown. He also holds the record for the longest home run ever hit at Fenway Park. The spot where it landed in the right field bleachers is marked by a lone red seat, 502 feet from home plate.
April 21, 2015