Sunday, September 26, 2010

This Week in History: 9/27/2010


Ted Williams Becomes the Last Baseball Player to Hit .400

On September 28, 1941, Ted Williams became the first player, since Bill Terry in 1930, to hit .400. Williams was playing a double-header for the Boston Red Sox against the Philadelphia Athletics on the last day of the regular season. He got six hits in eight trips to the plate, which boosted his batting average to .406. Williams spent his entire career with the Sox and played his last game on September 28, 1960 at Boston’s Fenway Park. He held a career total of 521 home-runs and was the fourth player in major league history to hit 500 home runs.
Williams was born on August 30, 1918, in San Diego, and began his career in the major leagues with the Red Sox in 1939. In 1942, he won the American League Triple Crown for highest batting average, most RBIs, and home-runs. In 1949, he was named the American League’s Most Valuable Player.

To learn more about Ted Williams, please visit This Day in History at History.com.

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