Ted Williams

Birthdate8/30/1918
Death Date7/5/2002
Debut Year1939
Year of Induction1966
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
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

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