Theodore Samuel Williams (August 30, 1918 – July 5, 2002), best known as Ted Williams, nicknamed The Kid, the Splendid Splinter, Teddy Ballgame and The Thumper, was a MLB baseball player who played left field in Major League Baseball. He played 19 seasons, twice interrupted by military service as a Marine Corps pilot, with the Boston Red Sox.
Williams was a two-time American League Most Valuable Player (MVP) winner, led the league in batting six times, and won the Triple Crown twice. He had a career batting average of .344, with 521 home runs, and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966. He is the last player in Major League Baseball to bat over .400 in a single season (.406 in 1941). Williams holds the highest career batting average of anyone with 500 or more home runs. His career year was 1941, when he hit .406 with 37 HR, 120 RBI, and 135 runs scored. His .551 on base percentage set a record that stood for 61 years. An avid sport fisherman, he hosted a television show about fishing and was inducted into the Fishing Hall of Fame.
Ted Williams was born in San Diego, California as Teddy Samuel Williams, named after his father, Samuel Stuart Williams, and Teddy Roosevelt. At some point, the name and date of birth on his birth certificate was changed to Theodore, but his mother and his closest friends always called him Teddy. His father was a soldier, sheriff, and photographer from New York and greatly admired the former president. His mother, May Venzor, was a Salvation Army worker from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.¹
Here are the stats for Ted Williams' two MVP seasons, 1946 and 1949, along with 1941, his .406 year. Ted was always known for his "eye," as indicated by the number of Base on Balls he earned.
Ted Williams' MVP & .406 Seasons YEAR TEAM LG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS BA 1941 Bos AL 143 456 135 185 33 3 37 120 147 27 2 4 .406 1946 Bos AL 150 514 142 176 37 8 38 123 156 44 0 0 .342 1949 Bos AL 155 566 150 194 39 3 43 159 162 48 1 1 .343
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