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Happy Birthday Ted Williams!!

Happy Birthday Ted Williams!!

Today is Ted Williams’ birthday.

Arguably the greatest hitter of all-time, any player that collects multiple batting titles or maintains an average close to .350 for a lengthy time is compared to Williams.

Williams is the standard for hitting greatness – yet nobody has come close to eclipsing what he has done in the sport of baseball.  A lifetime, .344 hitter, Williams captured six batting titles during his playing days, and amazing had seven seasons in which he finished with a .350 batting average or better.

Williams was a 17-time All-Star, and a 2-time MVP winner for the Boston Red Sox.

And while he did not make a splash during World Series play, Ted Williams was the rare kind of player that was able to take center-stage while not playing on it.

Happy Birthday to ‘The Splendid Splinter’!!

Did You Know…

Only two Hall of Famers ended their careers with home runs in their final at-bats – Mickey Cochrane (1937) and Ted Williams (1960).

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Happy Birthday Ted Williams!!

Happy Birthday Ted Williams!!

Today is Ted Williams’ birthday.

Arguably the greatest hitter of all-time, any player that collects multiple batting titles or maintains an average close to .350 for a lengthy time is compared to Williams.

Williams is the standard for hitting greatness – yet nobody has come close to eclipsing what he has done in the sport of baseball.  A lifetime, .344 hitter, Williams captured six batting titles during his playing days, and amazing had seven seasons in which he finished with a .350 batting average or better.

Williams was a 17-time All-Star, and a 2-time MVP winner for the Boston Red Sox.

And while he did not make a splash during World Series play, Ted Williams was the rare kind of player that was able to take center-stage while not playing on it.

Happy Birthday to ‘The Splendid Splinter’!!

Did You Know…

The player to lead the American League in home runs during the decade of the 1940’s was Hall of Famer, Ted Williams.

Williams missed the 1943, 1944, and 1945 baseball seasons, but he was still able to lead the league for the decade with his 234 home runs. 

Detroit’s Rudy York finished in second place with 189 homers, and he played all ten seasons.

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Happy Birthday Ted Williams!!

Happy Birthday Ted Williams!!

Today is Ted Williams’ birthday.

Arguably the greatest hitter of all-time, any player that collects multiple batting titles or maintains an average close to .350 for a lengthy time is compared to Williams.

Williams is the standard for hitting greatness – yet nobody has come close to eclipsing what he has done in the sport of baseball.  A lifetime, .344 hitter, Williams captured six batting titles during his playing days, and amazing had seven seasons in which he finished with a .350 batting average or better.

Williams was a 17-time All-Star, and a 2-time MVP winner for the Boston Red Sox.

And while he did not make a splash during World Series play, Ted Williams was the rare kind of player that was able to take center-stage while not playing on it.

Happy Birthday to ‘The Splendid Splinter’!!

United States Post Office Set Of Stamps Featuring Four Baseball Legends

United States Post Office Set Of Stamps Featuring Four Baseball Legends

By Barry M. Bloom / MLB.com

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — The U.S. Postal Service honored four members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Friday morning with commemorative stamps at a ceremony in the Museum’s Grandstand Theater.

Ted Williams, Larry Doby, Willie Stargell and Joe DiMaggio all had their sweet swings memorialized on a green background. The “Forever” stamps will also be commemorated on Saturday in the cities where each of the great ones played: Williams in Boston, Doby in Cleveland, Stargell in Pittsburgh and DiMaggio in New York.

Tony Gwynn, a Hall of Famer in his own right and an eight-time National League batting champ with the Padres, was Major League Baseball’s representative at the Friday ceremony.

“This was really nice,” Gwynn said after the ceremony. “These are four guys I’ve read a lot about. I got to play against Stargell. I had long talks about hitting with Williams. It was nerve-racking, though. When you talk about these four guys, they each brought something different to the table.”

Doby was the first African-American player in the American League, joining the Indians just after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier with the Dodgers in 1947. Williams was the last player to hit .400, batting .406 in 1941, the same year DiMaggio set the record by hitting safely in 56 consecutive games. “Pops” Stargell helped the “We Are Family” Pirates win the World Series in 1971 and 1979.

“It seems like every time I got to first base when he was playing there, he was always giving me some nugget to help me be a better player,” said Gwynn about Stargell, whose career ended in 1982, the year the San Diego right fielder broke into the big leagues. “Those are the little tidbits that enter your mind. I got a chance to talk to Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio. So, for me it’s nice being here today.”

Stargell’s widow, Margaret, Doby’s son, Larry Jr., and DiMaggio’s granddaughter, Katie Stein, were also in attendance at the event.

Patrick Donahoe, the Postmaster General, dedicated the stamps, which were unveiled to a packed house on Friday.

“Baseball has a powerful grip on the heartstrings of America,” Donahoe told the crowd. “The sport reflects so much of our unique American culture.”

The U.S. Post Office has been issuing stamps to commemorate Major League players and ballparks since the first Baseball Hall of Fame induction in 1939. A new 20-stamp sheet is now available for $9 each at the Post Office across Main Street from the Hall of Fame Museum and at Post Offices across the U.S.

Sheets are available for each of the four players. One also can opt for an MLB All-Stars sheet that boasts five stamps of each of the players on it.

 

 

Did You Know…

During their amazing major league baseball careers, Ted Williams and Willie Mays crushed 1,181 home runs between the two of them.

Amazingly, they have zero home runs hit in World Series play. 

In a combined 27 games, neither player ‘went yard’.

Did You Know…

Hall of Famer Ted Williams holds the record for reaching base in the most consecutive games.  Williams set the mark of 84 straight games in 1949.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #9 – Ted Williams 1976 Topps All-Time All-Stars!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #9 – Ted Williams 1976 Topps All-Time All-Stars!!

Amazingly, I found this card in the $1 bin.

And more amazing than that, this card is MINT!!!

I can proudly say that I have finally added a vintage Ted Williams baseball card to my collection – and the fact that I paid just one dollar for it and it is in superb condition leaves me a little short on words…

The latest, and one of the greatest, additions to my collection – and a player that I never thought I would be bringing home!!!

YES!!!

Ted Williams Among 4 Former MLB Stars To Be Honored On Stamps

Ted Williams Among 4 Former MLB Stars To Be Honored On Stamps

(AP) WASHINGTON – Slugger Ted Williams will win a spot on a U.S. postage stamp next year.

The last baseball player to hit .400 for a season, the Boston Red Sox star
will be honored on a forever stamp, part of a set featuring baseball players.
Also included will be Larry Doby, Willie Stargell and Joe DiMaggio, whose stamps were announced earlier.

Williams topped the .400 mark in 1941 and hit .344 over a 19-year career,
including 521 home runs. He missed all or part of several seasons while serving
in World War II and Korea, and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966.

He later became manager of the Washington Senators and was named American League Manager of the Year.