Re: Was Ted Williams greatest hitter who ever lived?
posted at 4/24/2011 12:51 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Was Ted Williams greatest hitter who ever lived?
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Was Ted Williams greatest hitter who ever lived? : I figure that if he didn't miss time for the war and still played until 1960, he would have finished with 660 to 700 home runs (fourth all time), 660-690 doubles (5th-7th all time), 2,300-2,350 RBIs (1st all time) and about 3,250-3,330 hits (11th all time). Give or take.
Posted by royf19[/QUOTE]
Not to challenge your figures as you come up with staggering career totals, but I've a slight revision figuring Williams missed almost 5 full seasons, three full from WWII, and almost two full seasons from the Korean War. Updated with an average of 37 HRs a year, atleast 120 RBIs, and 176 hits per season during his prime years of 1939-1951 Teddy would have finished with 711 HRs, 2400 RBIs, and over 3500 hits, and to make those numbers even more impressive he accomplished all this while only averaging 508 at bats, because pitchers walked him 133 times a year during that time span. Take away many of those walks from being pitched around, being patient at the plate to take all those walks and the numbers would be staggering, far surpassing anyone, possibly reaching Cobbs 4000 hits before Rose, well outdistancing Ruths 714 HRs etc, etc.
At first I was reluctant to compare eras, with players numbers: Ruth, Fox, Dimaggio, Mays, Mantle, Ichiro, Gehrig, Pujols, Hornsby, Shoeless Joe Jackson and Rose of the players I ran a full analysis of. Only Ruth and Gehrig compare or come close to Williams. Gehrigs numbers are way short of both in career totals, but given he retired early for loss of health, if he'd stayed healthy his total might compare well to the power figures Ruth and Williams put up, with hits, rbis, as well, but Gehrigs OBP was .447 with a 1.080 compared to Teds .482 and 1.116 OPS. Of course this is all subjective as I said given comparing eras etc, etc. But given all the stats one can make a strong case for Williams and Ruth being the two greatest of all time.