This Day in Baseball History ….

Ted Williams says good-bye.

Ted Williams says good-bye.

In 1960, in his final major league plate appearance, Ted Williams homers off Baltimore’s Jack Fisher at Fenway Park, with a 450-foot drive over the Red Sox bullpen.

 

It was Williams’ 521st homer, placing him third on the all-time list at the time.

Williams does not take a curtain call, but after taking his position in left field, he is replaced by Carroll Hardy and given a standing ovation as he returns to the dugout.

Williams averaged .344 with 37 homers and 130 RBI a season during his career. Had he not spend five years serving in the military during World War II and the Korean War, it is staggering to think what his career numbers would have been.

5 thoughts on “This Day in Baseball History ….

  1. I would give him 40 HRs a year for the 5 years. As Dave said, Those were his prime years. That would give him 721. More than the Babe.

  2. I was going to mention that Bob Murphy was an Orioles broadcaster and used his call of this home run on an audition tape to get the Mets job. But wikipedia says it was his call of Roger Maris’s 60th homerun off Jack Fisher so perhaps I am wrong. Or both were used.

    There was an extraordinary synopsis on baseball in 1951 written by Glen Guozzo on the Strat O Matic game website back in February 2008. He has several paragraphs devoted to how unappreciated Ted Williams was in 1951. Rumours of him on the trading block all year. People criticized his fielding, salary, constantly trying to pull the ball, refusal to swing at balls just off the plate with runners on base, leadership. Some of the trade proposals that other teams said they would never do are staggering.
    Tigers bullpen catcher Rick Farrell said he wouldn’t trade Hoot Evers or Williams.
    Athletics GM Arthur Ethers would trade Ferris Fain, Lou Brissie, Bobby Shantz, and Joe Coleman for Williams.
    White Sox GM Paul Richards wouldn’t trade Chico Carrasquel for Williams.
    Senators owner Calvin Griffith wouldn’t trade Eddie Yost.
    Browns owner Bill Veeck wouldn’t trade Ned Garver.
    http://www.strat-o-matic.com/sphere/1951p4.htm

  3. Guys, the Red Sox and Yankees actually discussed a Williams for DiMaggio trade. The two GM’s worked it out over cocktails one night but both got cold feet the next morning. … We’ll never know, but I am convinced if the trade took place that the Yankees would have won with Williams. I’m not so sure DiMaggio would have won all those World Series with the Red Sox. DiMaggio was a gifted player, but I maintain Williams was the superior hitter. And, Williams played a damn good left field.-JD