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Ted Williams - "The Splendid Splinter"
Left Fielder, Bats: Left, Boston Red Sox 1939-1960; Born: San Diego, California

Deciding not to retire and playing until the end of his career in 1961, any comparisons between some ball player who has played for 3-4 years and Ted Williams is totally unfair.  Williams was a great hitter for 23 years.  Only at the end of his career (once) did he bat below .300. Check out his record, look at his batting averages, runs scored, homers, RBIs, etc. Pitchers would avoid pitching to him, hence he drew a huge amount of walks Vs strikeouts. When Ted Williams came to the plate the whole infield would shift towards first base. The third baseman would play shortstop and the second baseman would play short centerfield.

Ted Williams Statistics
Yea r AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO
1939 .32 7 149 565 131 185 44 11 31 145 107 64
1940 .34 4 144 561 134 193 43 14 23 113 96 54
1941 .40 6 143 456 135 185 33 3 37 120 145 27
1942 .35 6 150 522 141 186 34 5 36 137 145 51
1943-45 Military - World War II
1946 .34 2 150 514 142 176 37 8 38 123 156 44
1947 .34 3 156 528 125 181 40 9 32 114 162 47
1948 .36 9 137 509 124 188 44 3 25 127 126 41
1949 .34 3 155 566 150 194 39 3 43 159 162 48
1950 .31 7 89 334 82 106 24 1 28 97 82 21
1951 .31 8 148 531 109 169 28 4 30 126 144 45
1952 Military - Flew 3 Missions over Korea
1952 .40 0 6 10 2 4 0 1 1 3 2 2
1953 Military - Flew 39 Missions over Korea
1953 .40 7 37 91 17 37 6 0 13 34 19 10
1954 .34 4 117 386 93 133 23 1 29 89 136 32
1955 .35 6 98 320 77 114 21 3 28 83 91 24
1956 .34 5 136 400 71 138 28 2 24 82 102 39
1957 .38 8 132 420 96 163 28 1 38 87 119 43
1958 .32 8 129 411 81 135 23 2 26 85 98 49
1959 .25 4 103 272 32 69 15 0 10 43 52 27
1959 - Played all year long with a neck injury
1960 .31 6 113 310 56 98 15 0 29 72 75 41
                       
Career Totals (1939-1960)
  .34 4 229 2 770 6 179 8 265 4 525 71 521 183 9 201 9 709
                       
Won two MVP awards, six Batting Titles, five HR Titles, and five RBI Titles. At age 40, in 1957 Williams batted .388.

 



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