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TED WILLIAMS

A Celebration of an American Hero   -   July 22, 2002

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Heaven calls home Triple Crown Winner

Ted Williams

Ted Williams is the last man to hit .400 in a season.

Baseball fans all over the world today are tipping their caps and saying, "There goes the greatest hitter who ever lived."

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G AB HR RBI AVG.
2292 7706 521 1839 .344
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  • Tribute to Williams at Fenway Park: 56k | 300k
  • Williams' final plate appearance: 56K | 300K
PHOTO GALLERY
More Than a Ballplayer

Baseball mourns Williams
Above all else, Ted Williams knew how to make an exit. The American and baseball legend has exited this mortal coil between two special days that symbolized his 83 years -- Independence Day and Major League Baseball's All-Star Game.
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A perfect swing from an imperfect man
A picture-perfect swing developed through endless hours of practice made Ted Williams one of the greatest hitters who ever lived.
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As good a Marine as he was a ballplayer
Unlike many athletes who were pressed into military service, Williams was involved in active combat during the Korean War. Flying a total of 49 missions, he lost part of his hearing and survived many extremely dangerous situations.
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A tough man, a tough town
Boston can be a tough town. Even for its heroes. Even, as it turned out, for perhaps its greatest sports icon of all time.
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The Greatest Player Who Ever Lived

Ted Williams: In his own words
In February, 2000, the Baseball Hall of Fame had a chance to sit down with hitting legend Ted Williams in his hometown, San Diego, California. Over the course of an hour, Williams talked about topics ranging from his first love -- hitting -- to his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Full Story >

Greatest hitter ever? He's up there with Ruth
Ted Williams' place in baseball history is indisputable. He was the best left-handed hitter in the second half of the 20th Century, certainly the best since Babe Ruth and was obsessed with the art of hitting. It was his life-long passion. He was the "Einstein" of the batting profession and turned it into a science. Full Story >

The greatest hitter who ever lived
"When I walk down the street and meet people," Ted Williams once said, "I just want them to think 'There goes the greatest hitter who ever lived.'" Full Story >

Ted Williams Timeline
Starting with his birth on August 30, 1918, this timeline cites the major events of Theodore Samuel Williams' lifetime of achievement. Full Story >

Milestone Hits
No Date Pitcher
1 4/20/39 Red Ruffling
1000 7/14/47 Don Black
2000 8/11/55 Bob Turley
2500 6/2/59 Ray Herbert
2654 9/28/60 Jack Fisher

 

Milestone HR
No Date Pitcher
1 4/23/39 B. Thomas
100 5/21/42 J. Krakaukas
200 4/29/48 B. McCahan
300 5/15/51 H. Judson
400 7/17/56 T. Gorman
500 6/17/60 W. Hawkins
521 9/28/60 J. Fisher

 

All-Star Totals
G AB HR RBI AVG.
18 46 4 14 .304
Career Highlights and Statistics
 Top Batting Averages (all time)
Player YRS G BA
1. Ty Cobb 24 3035 .366
2. Rogers Hornsby 23 2259 .358
3. Ed Delahanty 16 1835 .346
4. Tris Speaker 22 2789 .345
5. Ted Williams 19 2292 .344
5. Billy Hamilton 14 1591 .344
Based on 5000 at-bats | Full list
 Top Runs Batted In (all time)
Player YRS G RBI
1. Hank Aaron 23 3295 2297
2. Babe Ruth 22 2503 2213
3. Cap Anson 27 2523 2076
4. Lou Gehrig 17 2164 1995
5. Stan Musial 22 3026 1951
12. Ted Williams 19 2292 1839
Based on 5000 at-bats | Full list
 Home Run Leaders (all time)
Player YRS G HR
1. Hank Aaron 23 3295 755
2. Babe Ruth 22 2503 714
3. Willie Mays 22 2992 660
4. Barry Bonds 17 2375 592
5. Frank Robinson 21 2808 586
12. Ted Williams 19 2292 521
Based on 5000 at-bats | Full list

 

 Base on Balls Leaders (all time)
Player YRS G W
1. Rickey Henderson 24 3017 2161
2. Babe Ruth 22 2503 2062
3. Ted Williams 19 2292 2019
4. Joe Morgan 22 2649 1865
5. Carl Yastrzemski 23 3308 1845
Based on 5000 at-bats | Full list

 

 On-base % (all time)
Player YRS G OBP
1. Ted Williams 19 2292 .481
2. Babe Ruth 22 2503 .469
3. Lou Gehrig 17 2164 .442
Based on 5000 at-bats | Full list
More career achievements:
  • Elected to National Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in 1966
  • Formally inducted into Red Sox Hall of Fame, November 1, 1995
  • AL Most Valuable Player: 1946 and 1949
  • Two-time AL Triple Crown winner: 1942 and 1947
  • Led AL in Batting 1941, '42, '47, '48, '57, and '58
  • Led AL in Home Runs 1941, '42, '47, and '49
  • Led AL in Total Bases 1939, '42, '46, '47, and '51
  • Led AL in Walks 1941, '42, '46, '47, '48, '49, '51, and '54
  • Led AL in Slugging Pct. 1941, '42, '46, '47, '48, '49, '51, '54, and '57
  • Named ML Player of Decade for 1950s