The Splendid Splinter

Ted Williams had many nicknames Teddy Ballgame, The Kid, Thumper and "The Splendid Splinter," which he earned for, among other reasons, his accurate and fluid bat swing. Below is video footage of Ted Williams. Even in scatchy black and white video you can why he was deserving of such a name.

Ted Williams was discovered,along with Bobby Doerr by Red Sox manager Eddie Collins in 1936 on a scouting trip to view Pacific Coast League prospects. Little did Collins know, he was signing two future Hall of Famers. 1939 would mark the beginning of Ted Williams legendary career with the Red Sox. Williams was a consistent hitter and in 1941 he picked up his first triple crown. In 1946 when Fenway played host to the 1946 All-Star Game, Williams went 4-for4 with 2 home runs and 5 RBI. Then in 1947 Ted won a 2nd Triple Crown. Earning 2 MVPs, 2 Triple Crowns, 4 RBI titles, 4 home run titles and 4 batting titles in eight seasons of Major League baseball, Williams established himself as one of the greatest players in baseball by the end of the 1940s.

Red Sox 1939 Ted Williams

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