Ted Williams, the last major league player to hit .400 for an entire season, who was also Joe DiMaggio's arch rival, John Glenn's wing man, and Boston's preeminent athlete of the 20th century, died Friday in Crystal River, Fla.
Well that just sucks. I guess it had to happen eventually, but it still sucks. Best pure hitter ever they say, and just from the little bits I've ever seen of him, it's hard to argue anyone who makes that claim.
Anyone remember the joy of seeing him bash the Undertaker's motorcycle with his sledgemhammer and doing no damage and being all like, "Mjolnir will not break thine cycle? I say thee NAY!" and dumping it off the stage. - Enojado Viento says the funniest thing I've ever read on Wienerville.
I wonder how the Red Sox will honor him. They're at home against Detroit until the all-star break, so I hope I get to see whatever they do this weekend.
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Originally posted by TheBucsFanI wonder how the Red Sox will honor him. They're at home against Detroit until the all-star break, so I hope I get to see whatever they do this weekend.
i realize it's not the type of honor you're talking about, but the sox recently "honored" teddy ballgame by letting his 33 year old son, a self-proclaimed power hitter, try out for their gulf coast rookie league team.
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Eddie, you stole the words from my mouth. My dad was the biggest Ted Williams fan ever, and I always thought it was because he was left-handed. As I got older I would buy books about Ted to give to my dad, of course reading them myself first. It was within those pages that I discovered why my dad loved #9 so.
Seemingly every athlete today is characterized as a "hero." If Michael Jordan hits a game winning jumper, he's a hero. Barry Bonds hits a bunch of home runs, he's a hero. Tiger Woods dominates golf, he's a hero. While these gentlemen may be idols to some and "hero's" in the respect that they saved the day for their team, none of them are worthy to wash Ted Williams' jock strap. He had a chance to break every hitting record conceivable and gave it way, once to save the world from the Hitler and the Axis, and once because his country needed him.
Wrote Tim Kurkjian earlier today: "His numbers are staggering. His career on-base percentage was .483; the great DiMaggio's was. 398. He had the highest slugging percentage in the 1940's and the 1950's; no player has ever led in that category for consecutive decades.
Slugging and on-base average are the truest markers of offensive excellence; Williams led the American League in slugging and on-base percentage in the same season eight times, including six years in a row. He won six batting titles, four home runs crowns, two MVPs and two Triple Crowns. His 1941, '42 and '46 seasons surely are among the 10 best in history. What would his career have been like if he hadn't missed the '43-45 seasons to help defend America in World War II? Or the two years he missed fighting in Korea? He'd have 700 homers and the most RBIs ever."
How ironic it is that Williams passed away on Fourth of July weekend. He lost the best years of his career serving his country, even volunteering to go back while in his prime to fight in Korea. This man was a hero to hero's, a true American patriot, and a true baseball legened.
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Ted Williams, The Splendid Splinter, was the greatest hitter the game evr saw. He was a true hero. Of the generation we call "the greatest generation." He was a hero to me. Beside his baseball feats, (last to hit 400+, oldest to lead the lead in batting at 40, hits a home run in his final at bat), I was amazed at his intensity. While I never saw him play live (I was only 5 when he retired), I have seen tapes. But more than that, I read about him: Roger Angell and Jim Bouton probably summarized Williams' intensity. Bouton does it best in "ball four".
Williams in the batting cage. "I am Ted fucking williams and I am the greatest hitter in baseball" Whap! "Jesus H Christ Himself couldn't get me out" Wam! "Here comes Jim Bunning, Jim Fucking Bunning and his little shit slider" Wam! "He doesn't think he's going to get me out with that shit, does he?" Wam
God, I would have loved to see him play.
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