This Day In Sports History (September 28th) – Ted Williams

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It was on this day in 1941 that Ted Williams finished the regular season with a .406 batting average.  Williams remains the last player to hit over .400 throughout the course of a regular season.

Williams entered the final day of the 1941 season with a .39955 batting average, which would have been rounded up to .400 had he not played.  Manager Joe Cronin let Ted make the decision whether to play or not and he decided to play in both games of the double header, saying that “if I can’t hit .400 all the way, I don’t deserve it.”   Williams ended up going 6 for 8 on the day to raise his average to .406 and become the first man since Bill Terry in 1930 to finish the season above .400.

In recent history there have been only a few players to flirt with the magical .400 clip.  In 1980 George Brett was above .400 with just a couple of weeks left in the season, but a late slump dropped his average to .390.  And in the strike shortened season of 1994, San Diego Padres right fielder Tony Gwynn finished the year with a .394 batting average.

Here is a tribute to Ted Williams.

Notable Birthdays

Brian Rafalski, NHL – Born September 28th 1973 (age 39) in Dearborn, Michigan

Emeka Okafor, NBA – Born September 28th 1982 (age 30) in Houston, Texas

Ryan Zimmerman, MLB – Born September 28th 1984 (age 28) in Washington, North Carolina

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