Red Sox fans of all ages know the name and many of the feats of the great Hall of Fame player, Ted Williams.
Today would have been Ted’s 97th birthday.
Theodore Samuel Williams was born in San Diego on August 30, 1918, was signed by the Red Sox as an amateur free agent in 1936, and made his major league debut in 1939. He would play 19 seasons with Boston, missing 1943-45 for Military Service.
The 17-time All-Star slashed .344/.482/.634 for his career, including a remarkable .406 AVG over 143 games in 1941. Williams was voted American League MVP in 1946 and again in 1949.
Teddy Ballgame is No. 1 in Red Sox history for home runs (521), walks (2,021), batting average (.344), on-base percentage (.482), and slugging (.634). His OPS, a key measure of his ability to get on base and to hit for power, is an all-time club best of 1.116. In fact, among players with 650+ career games, Williams’ career OPS is the 2nd-best in baseball all-time behind only Babe Ruth‘s 1.164 mark.
As of this writing, Williams is tied with David Ortiz for the most 30+ home run seasons in Red Sox history (8) and holds the club record for the most seasons of 100+ RBI (9).
At home at Fenway, Williams is the all-time leader in slugging (.652), walks (1,031), and home runs (248).
In 1969 and again in 1982 the fans voted Ted Williams the Greatest Red Sox Player of all time.
Williams played his last game September 28, 1960. He was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966, capturing 282 of 302 ballots. He died July 5, 2002 at age 83.