Ted Williams

Birthdate 8/30/1918
Death Date 7/5/2002
Debut Year 1939
Year of Induction 1966
Teams Red Sox
Position Left Field

The Kid, The Splendid Splinter, The Thumper, Teddy Ballgame. Does Williams have the highest # of recognizable nicknames in sports history?

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One of the greatest hitters of all time

One of the greatest hitters of all time

A two-time Triple Crown winner, six-time batting champ, and owner of the highest lifetime on-base percentage, Ted Williams just might be the greatest hitter of all time. Add in 19 All Star games, 521 homers, and more than 1,800 RBI, and it’s easy to see why this four-decade player is so highly
Handwritten letter from the only man to pinch hit for Ted Williams detailing the incident

Handwritten letter from the only man to pinch hit for Ted Williams detailing the incident

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 finish his turn at
Carroll Hardy, Williams' pinch hitter autographs a photo

Carroll Hardy, Williams' pinch hitter autographs a photo

Here Carroll 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 quarter

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