Ted Williams

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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 Ted Williams have the highest number of recognizable nicknames in history?

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Ted Williams eyesight helped make him one of the greatest hitters of all time

Ted Williams eyesight helped make him one of the greatest hitters of all time

The stories of Ted Williams’ keen batting eye are many; the myths legendary. It was rumored that Williams could see the seams on a pitched baseball, more quickly identifying each pitch as a fastball or breaking ball. Many have heard the story that he was able to read the label on a record as it sp
Ted Williams' relationship with the press was stormy at times

Ted Williams' relationship with the press was stormy at times

Ted Williams’ just might be the greatest hitter the game has ever known. His statistics have been analyzed and parsed ad nauseum. But what about Ted Williams the man? Shown here and in the next image are two letters from pitcher Boo Ferris, Williams teammate of five seasons. Ferris broke in with the Red Sox in 1945 while Williams was serving
Ted Williams missed nearly five full seasons to military service - what if he hadn't?

Ted Williams missed nearly five full seasons to military service - what if he hadn't?

In 1942 23-year old Ted Williams won the Triple Crown by hitting .356 with 37 homers and 137 RBI. He then missed the next two three seasons due to his military service during World War II. There was no rust when Williams returned after the three-year absence. The league’s MVP his first season
Carroll Hardy is the only man to pinch hit for Ted Williams - here is his account of the episode

Carroll Hardy is the only man to pinch hit for Ted Williams - here is his account of the episode

Ted Williams had almost 10,000 plate appearances but only once did he get pinch hit for. On September 20, 1960, Williams came to bat against the Orioles Hal Brown in the bottom of the first. With one on and one out, the Splendid Splinter fouled Brown’s first offering off of his instep. The pai
Carroll Hardy played for four teams in his six-year big league career

Carroll Hardy played for four teams in his six-year big league career

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 quarterback Y.A. Tittle. Three years later, Hardy pinch hit for Roger Maris

9 responses to “Ted Williams”

  1. Mark Johnson says:

    Ted Williams was the best hitter in baseball history, with apologies to Babe Ruth. Ted played AFTER integration against the best players America had to offer. That’s what separates him from the Babe.

  2. Jessica Ann Yandow says:

    I have a ted Williams picture. Williams is spelt wrong. Trying to find out what its worth?

  3. Ted W Williams says:

    Proud to be named after him. GOAT

  4. Jack says:

    He was the best hitter, but not the best player. When you take into account, fielding, baserunning, and throwing, Willie Mays is the GOAT hands down.

  5. Rich Wright says:

    That reasoning is faulty The AL was barely integrated when Ted played.

  6. Ted Anderson says:

    I grew up in South Philadelphia during the 1940’s and saw Ted play at the old Shibe Park which later changed to Connie Mack Stadium and one Saturday after a game I made my way to the Red Sox locker room and there were 30 to 40 fans waiting there to get a glimpse of Ted and eventually Ted opened the door and saw the crowd and said “oh no” and closed the door but within five minutes he came out and told the crowd to stand back and one by one he called us up and signed his name for everyone. When the A’s left town I traveled to Yankee Stadium to see him play a waste of time as the Yankee’s would not pitch to the man it was ball one, ball two, ball three and then ball four. I used to write to Ted every year back in 1948 1949 and into the 50’s and I would get a reply every time I wrote him. Without a doubt he was the best hitter ever, in 1939 his first year in baseball he led the American in RBI’s with 145 and in 1942 he led both leagues in every major hitting category then lost 1943, 44 and 45 for the 2nd world war. He went to flight training and excelled so good at that he was made a flight instructor training pilots how to fly. Called back to the military for the Korean war he lost two years as he became John Glen’s wingman flying jets for 39 missions then returned and hit .388 and would of had another .400 year if he lost his speed and unable to run out some hard hit ground balls.

  7. joseph ganun says:

    I’ll go with Mays any day. The best or equal to the best in all related skills including speed. Williams was awesome and old by the time I got to see him but in the same period these was another..Stan Musial. Pretty damned close and better in some of the non batting categories, although his batting was as good as it generally gets.

  8. Ted Anderson says:

    I saw Musial and Mays play and without a doubt Mays was the best all around player and Musial and Williams were so close in ability to hit, I remember the day Musial hit five home runs in a double header three in one game and two in another. One year Ted hit .369 and Stan hit .376 as they each won the batting titles. like I mentioned before Ted lost 43, 44 and 45 after a dominating year in 42 no telling what he would have done in the three lost years.

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