This is part 3 of tunes to the batting order. Yesterday was the 2 hole.
And then Ted Williams was born and Ted Williams was the greatest hitter that ever lived. And the greatest hitters that ever live bat third. It’s a gravitational law.
I never saw him play and barely a glimpse on tv, but I see the numbers over and over and hear the tales. My father’s family is from Boston and Williams played on the Red Sox his entire 19 year career minus three while serving in Korea.
In 1941, Williams was hitting .3996 on the last day of the season. The Red Sox were scheduled to play a doubleheader and the manager offered him a choice; sit both games out and preserve your .400 average or risk it and play. Williams went 6 for 8 in the doubleheader and finished with a .406 average. He’s the last player to bat above .400.
Williams is the all time leader in on base percentage with a mouth watering .482%. He also hit 521 home runs. He also refused to do doff his cap to Red Sox fans for 19 years because they once booed him.
He had a quirkiness about him mixed with some Muhammad Ali “I’m a bad man. I’m king of the world.”
Williams wanted people to say, “There goes Ted Williams, the greatest hitter who ever lived.”
And he got what he wanted because there goes Ted Williams the greatest hitter who ever lived.
In the three spot, I want Ted Williams, period.
Give me some Cal Tjader “get out of my way.”