Saturday, August 30, 2014

Teddy Ballgame Would Have Been Ninety-Six

Ted Williams would have been 96 years old today. When 'The Kid' was a rookie for the Red Sox in 1939, he only hit .327 with 31 HRs and 145 RBIs. And, while Williams effectively missed five years to military service (WWII and Korea), he still managed to clout 521 HRs in 19 seasons. Those of us who were blessed to see him play in person will never forget the sight. While his .406 season in 1941 will live forever (and likely never be broken), he left a far greater legacy of playing the game right and developing a true science of hitting. He was the greatest hitter who ever lived.