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theunknownknight
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Ted Williams was a freak of nature - .482 career On base percentage
While missing, effectively, 6 prime years due to war and injury.

Had Williams played completely through his prime - he’d probably have had 800 career homeruns and 2450 RBIs while sporting a .350 career batting average.

Top 3 of the greatest hitters who ever lived and can be argued he is the greatest to ever live (aside from Will Clark)


reddman
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re: Ted Williams was a freak of nature - .482 career On base percentage
His 1957 season was unreal, and he didn't even win MVP.


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The Egg
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re: Ted Williams was a freak of nature - .482 career On base percentage
yeah but he wasn't facing roberto osuna though


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JohnnyTour11
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re: Ted Williams was a freak of nature - .482 career On base percentage
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(aside from Will Clark)




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GeauxTigerTM
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re: Ted Williams was a freak of nature - .482 career On base percentage
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There's a great clip in "Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived," where Bob Costas is talking with the Splendid Splinter. In between hitting .406 in 1941 and winning multiple MVPs and Triple Crowns, the Red Sox superstar served as a Marine fighter pilot in both World War II and the Korean War.

"The first time I interviewed Ted Williams, I said you really are the guy John Wayne played in all those movies. You are John Wayne," Costas says in the documentary. "And he goes, 'Yeah, I know it.'" - Bob Costas




DallasTiger45
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re: Ted Williams was a freak of nature - .482 career On base percentage
Top 3 hitters of all time

Ted Williams
Barry Bonds
Babe Ruth

You can order them how you see fit, depending on what you value most...but that’s the top tier. Any other answer is incorrect imo


I Bleed Garnet
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re: Ted Williams was a freak of nature - .482 career On base percentage
Williams hitting .400 story is pretty great

Going into the final two games (a double header) of the season he was batting .39955.
Manager told him to sit out, seasons over anyway (well behind the Yankees in the standings) and that rounds up to .400 anyway

Williams said no, goes 6 for 8 in the double header and ends the season batting .406
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BenDover
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re: Ted Williams was a freak of nature - .482 career On base percentage
Stan Musial is right there with those guys


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barry
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re: Ted Williams was a freak of nature - .482 career On base percentage


HIGHLY recommend this book for any baseball fan. He was an interesting person and quite complicated. Also, like lots of great people, he could be quite the selfish dick.


BoerneAg
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re: Ted Williams was a freak of nature - .482 career On base percentage
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aside from Will Clark)


Who?


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VinegarStrokes
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re: Ted Williams was a freak of nature - .482 career On base percentage
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Top 3 hitters of all time

Ted Williams
Barry Bonds
Babe Ruth

You can order them how you see fit, depending on what you value most...but that’s the top tier. Any other answer is incorrect imo


I'd have to agree. the top 3 is easy. I'm curious what your next 3 are.


I Bleed Garnet
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re: Ted Williams was a freak of nature - .482 career On base percentage
I know Tony Gwynn didn’t hit a lot of HRs but he was one of the best hitters of my era
His hitting stats and lack of Ks are ridiculous


wahoocs
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re: Ted Williams was a freak of nature - .482 career On base percentage
That one is very good.

Leigh Montville's also just as good.


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wahoocs
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re: Ted Williams was a freak of nature - .482 career On base percentage
The thing about Williams is that he was Sabermetric before it even existed.

His hitting philosophy is what everyone now wants.

Guess who the very first shift was ever designed against?


DallasTiger45
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re: Ted Williams was a freak of nature - .482 career On base percentage
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I'd have to agree. the top 3 is easy. I'm curious what your next 3 are.


I would go with Lou Gehrig, Rogers Hornsby, and Ty Cobb, but I think that next tier is a little larger than 3.

Fun fact- There's a four way tie at 173 for wRC+. The names? Lou Gehrig, Barry Bonds, Rogers Hornsby...and Mike Trout. What a freakin beast


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okietiger
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re: Ted Williams was a freak of nature - .482 career On base percentage
Probably the greatest hitter of all time.


Cosmo
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re: Ted Williams was a freak of nature - .482 career On base percentage
Yordan comin for Ted


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CoeJ
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re: Ted Williams was a freak of nature - .482 career On base percentage
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Also, like lots of great people, he could be quite the selfish dick


Watching his documentary made me kind of wish I'd not learned about his personality. He was pretty shitty sometimes. But I guess it takes that kind of selfishness to be that great at anything


Bench McElroy
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re: Ted Williams was a freak of nature - .482 career On base percentage
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I'd have to agree. the top 3 is easy. I'm curious what your next 3 are.



Ty Cobb, Lou Gehrig, and Stan Musial are 4th, 5th, and 6th all-time in Weighted Runs Above Average and Offensive Runs Above Average after Ruth, Bonds, and Williams so I would go with them.


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Brisketeer
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re: Ted Williams was a freak of nature - .482 career On base percentage
The Greatest Generation


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