Baseball legend Ted Williams was born on August 30th 1918 in San Diego, California. His Dad was a soldier, sheriff and photographer, and his mother was a Salvation Army worker. He picked up baseball from his uncle, who was a semi-pro baseball player at the time.
Right after graduating from high school, he played with the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League for a couple of seasons, then the Red Sox ended up buying his contract. He played with the Red Sox for the rest of his professional baseball career (1939 – 1942, then again from 1946 – 1960) where he was a left-fielder. He had served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, flying 39 combat missions in Korea!
Williams was named MVP when the Red Sox won the American League crown by 12 games in 1946. The next season, he won the Triple Crown (for the second time) for hitting 32 home runs and driving in 114 runs. He had a batting average of .343. By the end of his career, he had hit a total of 521 home runs and 2654 hits.
Williams was inducted into the baseball hall of fame in 1966. He actually has two plaques in the Hall of Fame. The first plaque that was made did not look close enough in terms of likeness to his portrait, so a second one was made. He was also known for being an expert in fly-fishing and deep-sea fishing. In fact, he was also inducted into the Sportsman’s Fishing Hall of Fame! Not many people can say that they are in two different Halls of Fame!!
In the early 70’s, he wrote a book called “The Science of Hitting”. It is still a very popular baseball manual to this day. He is well known to be the last player in the MLB to bat over .400 in a single season.