Found September 28, 2012 on
Most baseball fans know that Ted Williams was the last MLB player to finish a big league season with a .400 batting average. Most even know that he was hitting .400 or .3995+ going into the final day of the season. Of course, the last day included a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Athletics which happened to be September 28th, 1941. ——————————————————————————– Williams could have sat out the games and finished the season at .400. The Red Sox were not going anywhere; the games did not mean anything to a team who was looking ahead to the 1942 season. Though the Red Sox, under manager Joe Cronin, finished at 84-70 in 2nd place, they were 17 games behind the AL Pennant winning New York Yankees. Nobody would have said a word if Williams took a seat and watched. .400, even in 1941 was not commonly approached. Rogers Hornsby hit over .400 in 1924 and 1925 while Ty Cobb and George SIsler accomplished the feat in 1922. And the fact that .400 has not be h

Williams Eclipses .400

It was 71 years ago to the day that “The Splendid Splinter” Ted Williams surpassed a .400 batting average, collecting six hits in eight at-bats in a double-header against the Philadelphia Athletics on the final day of the regular season. Williams ended the season hitting .406, the numbers after which the infamous glassed-in club behind home plate at Fenway was previously named...
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