Carroll Hardy

Carroll Hardy
Birthdate 05/18/1933
Death Date 8/9/2020
Debut Year 1958
Year of Induction
Teams Astros, Indians, Red Sox, Twins
Position Center Field

Meet the only man to pinch hit for Ted Williams. On Carroll Hardy’s 25th birthday he pinch hit for Maris and smashed an HR; he also pinch hit for Yaz.

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Carroll Hardy enjoyed telling the story of pinch hitting for Ted Williams

Carroll Hardy enjoyed telling the story of pinch hitting for Ted Williams

The content has to be seen to be believed. Ted Williams had almost 10,000 plate appearances but only once did he get pinch hit for. In August , 1960 Williams began an at bat by fouling the ball off of his instep. The pain was so intense that Williams immediately knew he could not
Hardy had some amazing moments in professional sports

Hardy had some amazing moments in professional sports

Carroll Hardy had a multi-faceted career in professional sports. In 1955, his sole season as a wide receiver and running back in the NFL, Hardy also caught a touchdown pass from Hall of Fame quarterback Y.A. Tittle. Three years later, Hardy pinch hit for Roger Maris and hit a homer. Th
Many attribute Ted Williams' batting success to his eyesight

Many attribute Ted Williams' batting success to his eyesight

It makes sense that Hardy is the only man to ever pinch hit for Ted Williams. If not for injury, why else would a manager elect to take William’s bat out of the lineup? Owner of the All Time career mark for on-base percentage with a .482 mark, Williams six-time batting champ with 521 home runs

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