Knowing what we know about all-time great Ted Williams, how could career end in any other way, correct?
So let’s celebrate arguably the greatest all-around hitter of all-time
with a 10th anniversary card in the 1970 set of his home run in the
final at-bat of his legendary career:
“The Splendid Splinter” was just incredible as a hitter. The last .400
hitter, 521 home runs, a .344 lifetime average with SIX batting titles,
and the man missed MULTIPLE years in his prime due to war and his
service in the military.
I remember as a kid (nerd alert) I used to love averaging out the three
seasons before and after his missed seasons and then factoring them into
his final career numbers, and they were insane!
If I remember correctly (‘cause I ain’t doing it now) he would have had
somewhere in the neighborhood of 700 home runs, 3500 hits, 2000+ runs
scored and runs batted in along with the slugging and on-base
percentages that would have made his already monster career just
So yes, having his Hall of Fame career end with a home run, the 29th of his final season, makes total sense to me.
On a side note, David Ortiz is currently putting together what can be
the greatest “final season” in baseball history, and it is just awesome
to watch it all unfold.
The numbers he’s on pace to finish with are staggering for someone (who
still) states that he is retiring at the end of the year.