Four Hundred Hitter
Ted Williams “Teddy Ballgame”
Heroes of Baseball
Ted Williams is one of the greatest heroes of baseball. Ted Williams played for the Boston Red Sox from 1939-1960 minus the years he spent fighting for our country in World War II and the Korean War. Ted Williams was a natural when it came hitting. He was the last Major League baseball player to hit over .400 in a season. Ted Williams hit .406 in 1941. He played in a double header on the last day of the season, taking a chance to lose his .400 bid. He raised his average seven points in those last two games of the season.
Ted Williams was an incredible Major League hitter. He averaged .344 over nineteen big league years. Williams hit 524 Homeruns; he amassed 2654 hits and drove in 1839 runs. Ted Williams was a two time American League MVP, he led the league in batting six times and won the Triple Crown twice. Ted Williams was called “Teddy Ballgame”, “The Kid”, “Splendid Splinter”, and “The Thumper”. Ted Williams is considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time. He is a hero of baseball. His best year was 1941 when Ted Williams hit .406-he had 33 doubles, 37 homeruns and drove in 120 runs. He had 43 home runs and 159 RBI’s in 1949, but Ted only batted .343. In 1952 Ted Williams hit .400 while only playing in 6 games. In 1953 Ted Williams hit .407 while only playing in 37 games. This was because Ted Williams was recalled to active duty to serve in the Korean War.
Ted Williams did not play baseball in 1943-1945 because he was enlisted in the Navy as an aviator. He did not actually fight in War World II, he was an aviator instructor. In the Korean War, Ted Williams flew 39 combat missions. He actually served as John Glenn’s wingman. Ted Williams lost nearly five years of his Major League career serving in the military. Like most men at the time, Ted Williams served his country without complaint. His plane was injured once, but he made it back to base, and was awarded the Air Medal. Ted Williams was one of the greatest heroes of baseball. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1966 on the first ballet. Ted Williams was a great baseball player. He had some of the best reflexes in the game. He is a hero of baseball.