Theodore Samuel Williams was an American baseball player born on August 30, 1918 in San Diego, California. As a part of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Williams is widely regarded as one of the greatest hitters in baseball history. Williams' playing career spanned from 1939 to 1960 and he managed four seasons after. He missed a few seasons early in his career as he joined the US Navy in World War II and Korea. Of all his accomplishments his most notable achievement was being the last MLB player to bat .400 in a season. His demeanor was ultra competitive and highly reactive to criticism. He had a prolonged feud with both the media and fans who criticized him. Even though Williams played for the iconic franchise of the Boston Red Sox, it was said that he spat on a fan who booed him.
Ted Williams is often regarded as one of the best hitters in baseball history. With a knack for getting on base, in 1941 Williams became famous for being the last MLB athlete to hit .400. In his long 19 season career, Williams established himself with the highest on-base percentage of all-time at .482, the twentieth most home runs with 521, an eighth greatest .344 batting average, and two MVP awards. He missed three years while serving the Navy and Marine Corp as well. However, he was able to stay in form as he played in the Navy League.
Ted Williams had incredible success throughout his career accumulating various awards. He won two MVP awards, was a 19-time all-star, and is a part of the baseball Hall of Fame. In his career he was able to be a batting leader (highest batting average) and a two-time triple crown winner. A triple crown winner is an athlete who leads their league in homeruns, runs batted in, and average. A triple crown has been awarded only 17 times, and Williams is one of two players to win the award twice. This alone shows the sheer hitting dominance that Williams had. Despite his regular season success, Williams only played in one postseason series in 1946. That year he lost in a 7 game World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. In this loss he played uncharacteristically bad and only hit .200 with no home runs.
Theodore Samuel Williams was born August 30th, 1918 in San Diego, California. Ted was known for his inconsistent character. To some, he was a kind soul who was generous and charitable. However, to others he was known for his rage. At home, with fans, and with the media, he took out frustration and at times it got messy. Much of his anger came from his alcoholic father, absent mother, and possibly the three seasons he missed as he served in both WWII and the Korean War. It was said that Williams spit on Boston fans who had critiqued him.
Ted Williams is unique to the game of baseball due to his astronomical batting numbers. He not only leads all-time in terms of on-base percentage, but he is the last batter to hit .400 in a season. Williams could hit for average and power at a level almost unparalleled in the history of the game. To add unto that, Williams played on the Boston Red Sox, one of the most historical franchises in baseball.
Williams had a tricky personal life. While many saw him as a generous and caring person, he was known by those close to him, as well as by his critics, as a man filled with anger. It was said he had spit on fans before and ripped out phone lines in his home. The enigma behind these actions can be explained by his tumultuous family life. The struggles of his childhood ultimately led to him seeking refuge through baseball. He would leave his home and play ball for hours at a local park that had lighting at night.
Due to his service in WWII and the Korean War, Ted Williams missed three full seasons, and the better halves of two others. He was in both the Navy and the United States Marine Corp, where he served as a second lieutenant. While in the Navy, Williams played in their Navy League, which had a Service World Series which garnered crowds of 40,000 people. Williams wasn't the only great player to play in this league. Joe DiMaggio and Stan Musial also played in the Navy League.
Many sports stars have feuds with the media including Ted Williams. With a turbulent personal life, the media had a lot to write about Williams outside of the game. The media's focus on Williams' personal mishaps fueled Williams to dislike the media from early in his career. He thought the media was out to get him and that led both sides sparring back and forth. When the time came for award voting, many times the media did not favor Williams even when he put up ridiculous statistics. Furthermore, Williams had a hard time with Boston fans as they were critical of players who messed up. He had even been booed by them for making errors and this caused him to have an odd relationship with Sox fans where he even spit at one.