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Baseball with Matt: Ted Williams Edition

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Ted Williams (Courtesy of baseballwithmatt.blogspot.com)

There is a huge debate that is still going on today over who is the greatest hitter that ever lived. There are many players in the running, like Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb, and so many more. However, I think the man who is actually nicknamed “The Greatest Hitter That Ever Lived” is also in the running for this prestigious honor. Who is this you ask? Well, it’s none other than Ted Williams!

Williams played for the Red Sox in all of his seasons in the MLB, from 1939-1942, 1946-1960 (he missed years due to military service and major injuries). Despite missing seasons, the 19-time All Star managed to hit 521 of his 2,654 career hits out of the park, along with driving in 1,839 runs. The lifetime .344 hitter won two MVPs, one in 1946 when his Sox won the pennant, and the other in 1949. He is also a two-time Triple Crown winner in 1942 and 1947, but despite all of these major accomplishments, he is best recognized as the last player in Major League Baseball to hit over .400 in a single season, when he hit .406 in 1941. The six-time American League batting champion was voted onto the All-Century Team and was in attendance for this ceremony when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch of the 1999 All Star Game at Fenway Park.

Teddy Ballgame truly is one of the greatest, but had he performed a little bit in the 1946 Fall Classic, he would be even more legendary than he already is. Well, thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed it and check back soon for more of “all the buzz on what wuzz.”

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