Sunday, August 19, 2007

Sunday's Legend- Ted Williams

Ted Williams was born August 30, 1918 in San Diego, California. Williams joined the Major League Boston Red Sox in 1939. He was one of the tallest guys on the team. In his rookie season he led the league in RBIs. He was 4th in MVP voting, not a bad way to start off. In 1941 he hit .406, most players today don't come close to that mark. In that season he also set a Major League record in on-base percentage at .551. Ted Williams is the only Major League player to steal a base in 4 decades (30's, 40's, 50's, and 60's) even though he wasn't a good base stealer. He hit .344 for his career and had 522 home runs. He was the MVP in 1946 and 1949. Why wasn't the MVP in 1941 when he hit .406? That was because Joe DiMaggio had his 56-game hitting streak and won it that year. He won the triple crown in 1942 and 1946. The triple crown is when a player leads the league in batting average, homers, and RBIs. He was an All-Star 17 times. He homered in the last at bat of his career. The stats go on and on. After his playing career he did manage the Wasington Senators from 1969 to 1971 and the Texas Rangers in 1972. He was selected as a first-ballot Hall of Famer in 1966, getting 93.38% of the vote.
Ted was also a war hero. He was a Marine pilot in World War 2 and in the Korean War. He had to crash land his plane one time after being hit in the wing. After his service, Williams remained in the reserves.
Williams had a bad relationship with the Boston media and fans. He spit at the fans one time after he was getting booed a lot. He could not understand why the fans would boo him if he made a error in left field then cheer for him the next inning after he hit a home run. The Boston media was known for critizing him and insulting his personal life on a daily basis. Williams would have verbal fights with these media members all the time. His relationship improved with the fans after he retired and kept getting better.
Ted Williams was known to curse a lot all of his life. He was known to have mood swings. When he retired he went fishing most of the time. He loved fly fishing.
Ted Williams is one of (if not the best) hitters the game of baseball has ever seen. Ted died July 5, 2002.

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