Ted Williams’ last stand

On September 28, 1960, Ted Williams stepped up to the plate for his last at bat and hit his 521st and final home run in a 5-4 Red Sox home win against the Baltimore Orioles.

The final swing of the bat for Williams in the bottom of the eighth inning put the cap on his 21 year career. Jack Fisher delivered the pitch, allowing Williams to get the Red Sox within one run of the Orioles.

Despite his greatness on the field, Williams did not fare well with the fans or the media. On more than one occasion he spit on fans as he stepped into the teams dugout. Early in his career and he vowed to never tip his hat to the fans, ever, and despite the success he had, he never did.

In 1941 Williams became the last player to have a batting average over .400 for a season, and 1966 he was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

“There has always been a saying in baseball that you can’t make a hitter, but I think you can improve a hitter. More than you can improve a fielder. More mistakes are made hitting than in any other part of the game.” -Ted Williams

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