Carroll Hardy

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Birthdate 05/18/1933
Death Date
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 Hardy’s 25th birthday he pinch hit for Maris and smashed a homer; he also pinch hit for Yaz.

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Incredibly detailed handwritten letter from Carroll Hardy about pinch hitting for Ted Williams

Incredibly detailed handwritten letter from Carroll Hardy about 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. Williams began the at bat but fouled 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

Here Hardy signs a photo with the inscription, “Only man to pinch hit for Ted Williams“. 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.
Ted Williams, the player forever linked to Carroll Hardy

Ted Williams, the player forever linked to Carroll Hardy

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 run

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