It’s not bragging if you can do it. It’s easy to say Ted Williams was a born hitter, and perhaps to a large degree that was true. But, nobody studied hitting more than Williams, who kept a book on every pitcher and broke down the strikezone into a series of batting averages to where if a pitch is thrown to a particular area he could tell what his average would be.
Williams lived to hit, and the essence of his career could be boiled down to one quote.
“A man has to have goals – for a day, for a lifetime – and that was mine, to have people say, ‘There goes Ted Williams, the greatest hitter who ever lived.’ ”
– Ted Williams
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.