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