In his first MLB game, Ted Williams hit a 400-foot double in four at-bats as the Boston Red Sox lost, 2-0, to the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. The 20-year-old Williams will lead the circuit with 145 RBI that season and boast a. 327 batting average. His average will not be below that mark until 1950.
Ted Williams signs with the Red Sox for $135,000, making him the highest-paid player in major-league history. By way of comparison, the average major leaguer made $4.47 million in 2017. Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers was MLB highest-paid player for that year, at $33 million.
Ted Williams finishes the season at .356, well ahead of Al Kaline’s .340, but does not have enough at-bats to win the batting title. The same thing happened in 1954. Williams was walked 136 times in 1954 and 71 times (an American League leading 17 were intentional) this year. A rule change will later be instituted to recognize plate appearances,…
Greg Luzinski becomes the first player to park three home runs onto the roof at Comiskey Park, connecting off Boston’s Oil Can Boyd in a 6-2 Chicago victory. Jimmie Foxx and Ted Williams each accomplished the feat twice.
Most baseball fans know about “gold gloves,” that is, the awards given out each season to some of the best fielding players at each position. The last few years have seen a definite increase in the interest surround those awards as they have been even given their own television show on the MLB Network! But baseball memorabilia collectors are increasingly finding out…