Ted Williams

Ted Williams speaks during the 1966 Induction Ceremony. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)Left Fielder

Born: August 30, 1919 at San Diego, CA
Died: July 5, 2002 at Iverness, FL
Height: 6-4 Weight: 198
Threw right and batted left-handed
Boston A.L. 1939-1942, 1946-1960

Theodore Samuel Williams had only one goal in life: to walk down the street and have people say, "There goes the greatest hitter who ever lived." In a 19-year career with the Boston Red Sox, twice interrupted by military service, "The Splendid Splinter" won two Triple Crowns, two Most Valuable Player awards and six batting championships. He retired with a career average of .344, and remains the last player to top .400 for a full season. With keen eyesight, quick wrists and a simple motto - "Get a good ball to hit" - Williams compiled strong evidence that he achieved his goal.