Two things Ted Williams did, but did not "tell anyone"

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    Two things Ted Williams did, but did not "tell anyone"

    It's been a long, long, time since I picked up TW's famous book on hitting, so I can't be certain he didn't at least mention these two key factors. If anyone remembers, please let me know,

    1) As soon as spring traing got under way, Ted took batting practice (without a gkove) until the needed blisters came, broke, bled and healed. He did not, normally, use a glove during the season.

    2) He got in the batting box and stayed there! His right foot would swing arond towards the pitcher between pitches, but his left foot stayed planted.

    I have always been amazed that these two characteristics are never copied by today's players. NONE. Why not? I have no idea. I would think the theory, "if it was right for TW, why wouldn't it be right for me?" Don't want to get a few blisters? I wonder.

     
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    Re: Two things Ted Williams did, but did not

    My Turn at Bat, remember reading how he hated to srikeout. He changed his approach with 2 strikes, even chocking up on the bat a little to get better control.

     
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    In response to crazyworldoftroybrown's comment:
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    My Turn at Bat, remember reading how he hated to srikeout. He changed his approach with 2 strikes, even chocking up on the bat a little to get better control.

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    Yes, he did choke up a little with 2 strikes. However, it was very common then, and I would guess most players did. There were even a few mangers, at that time, who insisted that rookies (who hadn't yet proven anything) choke up an inch or so right from the first pitch. I can't recall who, but it sounds like somethinh Dick Williams might have done (and/or Rogers Hornsby)

     
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    Re: Two things Ted Williams did, but did not

    There wasn't a shortstop back in the day

    who didn't choke up a lot....buddy harrelson was

    practically holding the label. There was no thought

    of them hitting Hrs so bat control was more important

     
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    A significant change in approach from the modern era, to the present post modern era is the strikeout. Carl Yastzemski's career touch both eras, and his highest K total was 96, and that was in 1961 as a twenty-one year old.  By the time he was thirty, he never struck out more than 66 times.

    Let that sink in for a moment, even with the higher mound, it was hard to strike guys out, because of their approach. Now, there were pitchers with a lot of strike outs, but they also pitched in a four man rotation. Striking out was just not acceptable, until about the time Reggie Jackson showed up.

    In 1968, his first full season, Jackson struck out 171 times, for his career he hit over 100 more homers than Yaz but struck out nearly TWICE as much.

     
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    Great TW Bio by Leigh Montville. One of my favorite books.

     
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    Re: Two things Ted Williams did, but did not

    In response to tomnev's comment:
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    There wasn't a shortstop back in the day

    who didn't choke up a lot....buddy harrelson was

    practically holding the label. There was no thought

    of them hitting Hrs so bat control was more important

    [/QUOTE]


     

    That even went into the 70's and '80s

     

    Anyone remember Tim Foli?  He would walk up there at the beginning of that at bat with his hands around the barrel.  I used to wonder how he did not impale his stomach with the knob...

     
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    And then there was Felix Millan, who went beyond "Choking Up" and straight into "Strangling the Barrel."

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    Re: Two things Ted Williams did, but did not

    Great pulls, notin.

     
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    Re: Two things Ted Williams did, but did not

    Wait a second..... I thought a strikeout was not a bad thing!!??  So I guess Ted was wrong this whole time!!

     
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