A baseball legend

Ted Williams accomplished the rare feat of finishing a season over .400.

Ted Williams accomplished the rare feat of finishing a season over .400.

Cooper Nelson, Staff Writer

Ted Williams, Hall of Famer, and one of baseball’s greats was not only a hero on the field, but off as well.  He was a legend; he was one of the best to ever play the game.  He continually set and broke records.  He will be forever remembered.

At the age of 17, Williams signed to play with the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League throughout the summer for $150 per month.  In the next months he played with the Padres, the following year he signed with Boston’s minor league teams.  In 1939, at the age of 20, he made his major league debut, playing left field for the Boston Red Socks.  Throughout the next two decades Williams dominated the MLB with his ability to hit the ball.  All throughout his career he produced impressive and consistent stats, winning several awards.

Ted’s ability to hit earned him many records and awards.  He was the RBI champ four times and twice captured the Triple Crown.  Not only did he have an astounding number of RBI’s, but he also is one of very few to end a season batting above 400, as he finished his 1941 season batting, 406.  Nor did old age or the quickening pace of the game affect Ted’s ability to play; in 1957 at the age of 39 he became the oldest player to lead the league in batting average, with an average of 388.

Williams hung up his jersey for good in September 1960.  Williams went out in style, hitting a home run into Fenway Park’s bleacher seats in his final at bat.  But Ted career wasn’t over yet.  Williams coached the Washington Senators from 1969-1971, but in only one of the three seasons did they have a winning record.  In 1972 Williams coached the Texas Rangers, and they went 54-100.

All of his on-the-field success made him a big candidate for being inducted into the Hall of Fame.  In 1966 Ted was inducted into the Hall of Fame with a 93.38% vote (first ballot).  Although he never had a great relationship with the media or Boston fans, he was one of the best players the game ever saw.  He will never be forgotten.