Theodore Samuel Williams, (Ted Williams) otherwise known as “Teddy Ballgame,” “The Kid,” “The Splendid Splinter,” and “The Thumper,” was one of the greatest baseball hitters of all time. During his 19 years in the MLB, he mostly played as a left fielder for the Boston Red Sox.
As early as 8 years old, Williams was born to throw a baseball. He grew up in the suburbs of San Diego, California, during the 1920s and was named after President Theodore Roosevelt. He started off training with his uncle, who was a former semi-professional baseball player and even had pitched against Babe Ruth.
Growing up obsessing over the concept of baseball hitting, Williams even wrote a book in 1970 called The Science of Hitting. It describes his own strategy and theory on swinging.
Beginning his professional career with the Red Sox in 1939, Williams rose quickly to stardom as one of the best hitters. What’s more, in 1942, he achieved the first Triple Crown. However, shortly after, he was drafted to serve in WWII under the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.
By the time he was 40, Williams had also served in the Korean War as a Marine combat aviator and also became a sixth-time American League batting champion.
After retiring in 1960, he was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush awarded Williams with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Since his death in 2002 at age 83, Ted Williams remains one of the most powerful hitters in baseball.