Re: Was Ted Williams the greatest hitter who ever lived?
posted at 4/26/2011 8:04 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Was Ted Williams the greatest hitter who ever lived?
[QUOTE]Teddy ballgame was in a class by himself. He is the last man to hit .400. He spanned the era between Ruth and Gehrig. Ted spent his most productive years fighting for his country. He batted .406 in 1941, then he went to war. What would he have hit in 42,43, 44, 45 ? Who knows, but based on his previous and his 46 47 48 49 50 years performances. Ted would have hit at least 160 more Home Runs , which would have put him at 694 minimum. Then take away his stint in Korea, give Ted another 100 home Runs, that now puts Ted around 800 Home Runs. I had the pleasure of watching the maestro perform, albeit for only a few years, but he had no equal. I spoke with the great bob Feller about Ted. The first time Bullet Bob pitched to Teddy Ballgame, Williams lined two doubles of the Center Field Wall off Feller. We are talking a 100MPH fastball here. Feller had the utmost respect for the splendid splinter, and rightfully so. Fans today have no idea, how good Ted was. He was never fooled on a pitch, if he was , he took the pitch, he never was off balance, or on his front foot. The next time up, the pitcher better not throw him the same pitch, or they would pay the price. IMHO he was and still is the greatest of all time. Until some one hits .400 knocks in 169 runs walks 100 times in one season. NEXT , he was the best period. The only man better at dominating his sport was , and Boston had the pleasure of watching him also, was the Great William Felton Russell. Boston and myself have been lucky, to witness such greatness.
Posted by aussiewill[/QUOTE]
Good grief, are you Boston biased. Admittedly, he is arguably the greatest hitter. If he didn't serve, he would have had the HR record, IMO. But Ruth didn't dominate in the '20s? What about Cobb, Gretzky, Walter Johnson & Chamberlain? Was he the all around player DiMaggio or Mays was? Did he have 9 rings in 13 seasons like DiMaggio? What happened in the '46 Series? You had me going until the last couple of sentences.