Ted Williams (1918-2002) was an American professional baseball player for the Boston Red Sox. Known as the “Splendid Splinter” and “Teddy Ballgame,” he had a lifetime batting average of .344 and was the last player to hit .400 in Major League Baseball (.406 in 1941).
Williams had a successful career, starting with his rookie season in 1939 when he had a batting average of .327. In 1941, he achieved a remarkable .406 season average but faced criticism from the media. Despite being his mother’s sole support, his decision to enlist in the U.S. Navy in 1942 was met with backlash. Williams served as a Navy flyer during World War II and the Korean War, missing several baseball seasons.
Despite these interruptions, Williams hit a total of 521 home runs throughout his career. He won two Triple Crowns and was the oldest player (at age 40) to win the American League batting title in 1958. Known for his exceptional hitting skills, Williams desired to be remembered as the greatest hitter who ever lived.
After retiring as a player, Williams briefly managed the Washington Senators and later became a consultant for fishing equipment. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966 and published his autobiography, “My Turn at Bat,” in 1969.
In 1991, the Boston Red Sox honored Williams with a special day to commemorate his .400 season. On that occasion, he tipped his cap to the cheering fans, marking a rare moment of acknowledgement.