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The greatest baseball player in history was born yesterday

Ted Williams may be the greatest baseball player everYup, that’s right. I’m talking about Ted Williams. I missed his birthday by a day.  And I guess he wasn’t exactly born yesterday.  I mean, he was born yesterday, but just 89 years ago yesterday.

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…

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  1. Are you stupid? Ty Cobb is the greatest baseball player ever.

    Posted by: The Kauf | August 31, 2007
  2. Stupid is as stupid does

    Posted by: Forest | September 4, 2007
  3. The over .400 BA is what is really amazing. I don’t think that one will be broken, unless Ichiro can do it. Ty Cobb is OK. But his rep as a nasty man (like Bonds) just kinda negates it. Right here with on this one Snarky, Ted Williams = great player plus great man.

    Posted by: Billy Leopardskinhousen | September 4, 2007
  4. I’ll take Derek Jeter over Ted Williams any day of the week.

    Posted by: Carlton Banks | September 5, 2007
  5. mickey mantle
    the greatest if didnt
    have leg problems.

    Posted by: robert bock | June 28, 2008
  6. He lost parts of five seasons to serve the US military in World War II and the Korean War. Those were “prime” years for him. If he would have had those years, he would have owned every record in baseball.

    Posted by: Vernon | August 10, 2008

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