Ted Williams, One of the Greatest of the Great


Ted Williams is considered one of the big hitters in the major leagues of all time. Figure out, ended his career batting. 344, an average which, for many, is excellent in a season, as he did in 19 years. He did not better numbers because it had to be absent from the major to defend their country in the second world war and the war of Korea, in total there were four years of combat, we would say that to a large extent for the beauty of his career. Yet it gave 521 home runs and towed 1.839 racing.

Ted was born in San Diego, California, with the name of Teddy Samuel Williams, by his father Samuel, a native of Ardsley, New York. His mother, Micaela “May” Venzor was native of el Paso, Texas, of Spanish descent in the country Basque, whose parents had settled in Mexico, then moved to El Paso, then to San Diego, where Ted was born. Were the first name “Ted” by it of former President Teddy Roosevelt. His mother was known as May, since it was a Salvation Army worker.

Since Williams arrived as a rookie with the Boston Red Sox, he called much attention their discipline when it comes to batting, there was going bad releases, with an extraordinary view, why that received many tickets. In his 19-year career, recorded 2,021 bases on balls 709 strikeouts. Arriving in Boston in 1939 was phenomenal, but also contradictory, they began very soon its setbacks with the press, because I didn’t want to say anything about his private life. That brought him an antipathy on the part of they wrote of baseball, in particular, of the Red Sox. However, as a player in part suppressed that conflicting press. In its first year it won mark for newbies produced runs, with 145. His rival, a four-year veteran, Joe DiMaggio, pushed 126 for the Yankees. Ted received the bargain of 107 tickets and ended up with an average of. 327. The rookie of the year, although still at the time the award did not. This award began in 1947, Jackie Robinson being the first creditor.

In the 1941 season, missing two games to close the campaign, Williams batted.400 or rounded.3995535. Manager Joe Cronin told him that if he wanted to he could rest and finish with that average. Williams response was swift, saying, “I will play the doubleheader against the Athletics.” Boston won the first 12-11 and Ted went 5-4, including his 37 home run. The second and final meeting of the season was 7-1 in favor of the athletics and Williams hit 3-2 with a double, ending with average of. 406, and the American League batting leader, conquering the first of his six batting crowns. Incidentally, it has been the last in batting.400 in a season. We remind that it lost two titles of batting, one per mil. In 1949 to George Kelly, Detroit Tigers, who batted. 34291187, while Williams hit . 34275618. Many say that Kelly gave him a pair of infield hits (apparent errors) to go against Williams. Another Crown that escaped was on mere technicality of the time. That occurred in the season of 1954, when the Mexican Beto Avila, won the batting title with. 341, becoming the first Latino to win that title. The rule in that then was that to win the batting title, they had to have 400 legal shifts. Williams closed with. 346, but 14 shifts, since he received 136 tickets. By adding hypothetically those shifts, i.e. 14-0, his percentage would drop to. 332, not beating Beto. Then, in 1957 changed the rule to “appearances at the plate.” 9.22 rule (a) (Recodificada), which says that a hitter needs to have 3.1 appearances at the plate multiplied by 162 games of the major league baseball season, giving 502 legal appearances. That is the minimum to qualify for a batting title.

Going beyond his career, today they seek to place it as latino by the offspring of his mother. Williams never spoke Spanish, He was a citizen of the United States, he did something no player has done in the history of their wars. In World War II, was an instructor of flight in Pensacola, Florida, teaching how to fly the Corsair F40. He spent three years out of baseball and was recognized for its work. He just returned in 1946, with impressive numbers with 38 home runs, 123 pushed racing and he was leader in bases on balls with 156 and only they punctured it 24 times. This, while in that season appeared the “Williams training,” who invented the manager of the Cleveland Indians, Lou Boudreau, moving the box on the right side when it hit Ted without people on the base. It was a great challenge to baseball player to be adapted, shortened the swing and batted on the left side, and if the pitcher you glued release, pulled it is Homer. Ted was uncontainable.

In 1952 he was called to active duty and was assigned to the squadron of VMF – 311 in Korea infantry attack. On February 16, 1953, spent tremendous shock when his aircraft was hit, spoiling your hydraulic system. Ted had to land with much difficulty in the air base. Arriving, he was asked why he didn’t use nozzle to expel from the ship. He said, “If I do it I ruined my knees.” It was true, it feel high, to be expelled would have ruined his career. It took a very well calculated risk. Without a doubt, it was a great patriot, a great American. He was always very temperamental and sometimes insensitive, but it was generous to those in need. Many fans inside and outside baseball, recognized the merits of Williams, because he served his country in two different wars.

This famous American retires on September 28, 1960, and does as he began his career; giving quadrangular at Fenway Park in his last turn at bat and Jack Fisher, Baltimore Orioles, in Boston 5-4 victory. That day ended his glorious career where he obtained countless Championships in different departments: six crowns of batting, two Triple Crowns, four times led his League in home runs, four in driven, two doubles, five scored, twice was the most valuable player… and stop counting.

In 1966, the “Splendid Splinter” was exalted to the Cooperstown Hall of Fame. Like his parents, it was very humanitarian and a great patriot. That day in his acceptance speech, he took to ask Hall of Fame to recognize two big players of color of the black leagues, the pitcher Satchel Paige and catcher Josh Gibson, who did not have the opportunity to play in the major leagues in his young years, or rather, the white world did not have the chance to see them in the best baseball in the world. That influenced much, since five years later, he joined in 1971, Paige, Kansas City Royals pitcher. Then, in 1972 the catcher Gibson, Homestead Grays. Ted Williams died July 5, 2002, in Inverness, FL, at the age of 83, leaving us a great legacy, was very humanitarian, a super star and a great patriot. Peace to his remains!