Ted Williams: Last to .400, among first to face shifts?

During the first four months of the 2016 season, big league teams employed defensive shifts in more than 20,000 plate appearances. The strategy, at least in part, can be traced back to days of Ted Williams -- baseball's last .400 hitter.
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Ted Williams’ 1999 All-Star Game Appearance Was Timeless Fenway Moment

It was July 13, 1999 and Fenway Park was buzzing in anticipation for the 70th midsummer classic. The buzz slowly turned into exultation when Boston Red Sox legend Ted Williams was wheeled out onto the field and honored by fans and players prior to the game for the ceremonial first pitch. The feeling at the ballpark was electric, and why wouldn’t it have been? Williams had returned...
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America’s pastime and the Fourth of July, a relationship of patriotism

No matter how popular the National Football League might be. No matter the growth of the National Basketball Association in the modern era. No matter the prolonged agony of sitting through a three-hour baseball game. Major League Baseball remains America’s pastime. It’s been here for us when times were great. It’s acted as an outlet during the most difficult of times. Baseball...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Big Papi passes Ted Williams on career HR list with No. 522

BOSTON — David Ortiz homered for his 2,000th hit with Boston to help the Red Sox beat the struggling Los Angeles Angels 5-4 Friday night.Ortiz's solo shot in the fifth was his 522nd career home run, moving into sole possession of 19th place on baseball's all-time list and breaking a tie he held with a trio of Hall of Famers including Red Sox great Ted Williams.Mookie Betts and...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

David Ortiz Hits Home Run No. 522, Passes Ted Williams On All-Time List

BOSTON — David Ortiz now can say he’s a better home run hitter than Ted Williams. The Red Sox slugger hit his 522nd career home run Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels — a solo shot to right field in the fifth inning — to pass Williams, Willie McCovey and Frank Thomas for 19th place on the all-time home runs list. The home run was part of a three-run fifth inning...
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletes who served in the United States military

On this Memorial Day, it’s more important to pay homage to those who served and sacrificed for this nation. While many of us will partake in a few adult beverages, hit the beach or pool and grub on some great All-American food, that’s not what this weekend is all about. It’s about those who gave up everything to serve, and in some cases, die for the United States. Memorial...
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May 29, 2016  |  Discuss

1957 American League MVP controversy

One was a lanky outfielder whose presence in the batter’s box automatically elicited cheers from the Fenway faithful. The other was a mainstay in pinstripes, compiling legendary statistics while riddled by injuries throughout his career. Ted Williams. Mickey Mantle. Coming off his Triple Crown season of ’56, Mantle won the 1957 American League Most Valuable Player Award....
Via The Sports Post
October 14, 2015  |  Discuss

David Ortiz doesn't believe story of Ted Williams' record HR

By Zack Cox Every Boston Red Sox fan knows what the red seat signifies. It’s one of the tenets of Fenway Park lore, right up there with Carlton Fisk’s walk-off home run in the 1975 World Series. The one red seat amid a sea of green ones in Fenway’s outfield grandstand is said to mark the longest homer ever hit at the ballpark: a 502-foot shot off the bat of the greatest...
July 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Ted Williams condoms up for auction

By Jason Rowan Proving yet again that there is a buyer for essentially any kind of sports-related memorabilia, even if said relation is tangential at best, a box of condoms from a bygone era featuring Hall of Fame slugger Ted Williams currently is up for auction. Not only that, the Williams condom is merely part of a trifecta of boxes being offered; a box featuring legendary boxer...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
January 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Tony Gwynn has passed away at 54 years old

Tony Gwynn was one of the best hitters baseball has ever seen. There was nothing a pitcher could throw at him that he wouldn’t figure out how to get his bat on. He just figured out ways to not get beat when he was at the plate. On Monday morning the sad news broke that he had finally run into something he couldn’t overcome. Tony Gwynn, Mr. Padre, passed away Monday at the age...
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June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

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