Ted Williams made big league debut in front of 11 Hall of Famers
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A Hall of Fame match up took place on the mound between Lefty Grove and Red Ruffing. The lineups were written by future Hall of Famer manager Joe McCarthy and Red Sox player/manager and future Hall of Famer Joe Cronin. The lineup cards featured Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Bill Dickey, Joe “Flash” Gordon, Bobby Doerr and Jimmie Foxx – all future Hall of Famers.
It would be the only game in which Gehrig and Williams took the same field.
Both teams were starting rookies in right field as Joe Gallagher made his debut for the Yankees. But he played only two big league seasons and just 14 games with the Yankees before being traded.
Williams went 1-for-4 with a double in the game.
“First game, first time, I struck out,” Williams said in an interview with the Hall of Fame.
Striking out against a Hall of Fame pitcher should not be something for a rookie to get upset about, and Williams didn’t. Following the at bat, one of his teammates asked him what he thought of the big leagues.
“Well, I’d been up…and I’d stuck out…and I had to think it was pretty tough,” Williams said to The Red Sox Reader.
Samantha Burkett is a freelance writer from Fairport, N.Y.