THE GREAT TED WILLIAMS
I’m currently reading Leigh Montville’s biography on Ted Williams. It is a tremendous book on a fascinating American life. Williams is also arguably the greatest hitter and/or offensive player in baseball history.
Williams missed 1943-1945 due to military service during WWII. He was robbed of some of his peak years: ages 24-26. His career numbers are insane enough as they are: 521 HRs, .344/.482/.634, 2021 BBs against only 709 Ks, 2654 hits and 1859 RBI. But imagine adding 3 prime years to those totals. A conservative estimate would then put him at 620+ HRs, over 3200 hits and close to 2500 BBs.
In ’41 & ’42, Williams posted OBPs of .553 and .499. He came back in ’46 like he didn’t miss a game, let alone 3 seasons. His OBPs from ’46-’49: .497, .499, .497, .490. So Williams had a streak of 6 consecutive seasons with OBP of .490 or higher–with a 3 year layoff in the middle. It’s astounding.
Here is a little video Williams for you to enjoy.