And ok, maybe he’s not the absolute greatest ever, but he sure is one of best darn ball players ever to circle the diamond.
Williams played 19 seasons of pro ball with the Boston Red Sox. Despite the fact that his playing was interrupted two times by military service as a Marine Corps pilot during WWII and the Korean War, he still put up numbers that were just short of spectactular.
Speculation is that if he hadn’t served in the military, his accomplishments would have been untouchable.
Here’s a bit of some numbers and highlights he racked up:
- two-time American League MVP
- led the league in batting six times
- won the Triple Crown twice
- had a career batting average of .344
- 521 home runs
- inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966
- last player in Major League Baseball to bat over .400 in a single season (.406 in 1941)
- the highest career batting average of anyone with 500 or more home runs
And to think, back when Williams was playing, an athlete’s idea of performance enhancing drugs was beer and cigarettes. Who knows what he might have done if he could’ve worked with Barry Bonds’ trainers…