Today I want to celebrate the “Splendid Splinter” Ted Williams, and his incredible .388 batting average at the age of 38 in 1957 to win the fifth of his six career batting titles:
During the campaign Williams put in a “typical” on-for-him season when
he collected 163 hits over 420 at-bats, with 119 base-on-balls, along
with 38 home runs and 87 runs batted in and 96 runs scored.
He led the American league in batting, on-base with an incredible .526
mark and slugging with an equally impressive .731 mark, leading to his
fourth second-place finish in MVP voting, getting beat out by the New
York Yankees Mickey Mantle for the honor.
The man was truly a “hitting-machine”, perhaps the greatest pure hitter ever (or the Babe? Or Cobb? Musial?).
It’s funny that Topps went and created a 20th anniversary card in the
“Turn Back the Clock” sub-set in 1957 for Bob Keegan and his no-hitter
of all things, yet didn’t feel THIS accomplishment by one of the
all-time greats deserved one.
By the way, by today’s rules, Williams should have won SEVEN batting
titles, but in 1954 he lost out to the Cleveland Indians Bobby Avila,
who hit .341 with the THEN required official at-bats instead of 501
Williams hit .345 with 526 plate appearances based on his 386 at-bats
and 136 walks, but under the rules of the day was denied that seventh