On September 28, 1960, Ted Williams stepped up for his last career at bat, resulting in his 521st and final home run and a 5-4 Boston Red Sox home victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
The final swing of the bat for Williams came in the bottom of the eighth inning. Jack Fischer delivered the pitch and allowed Williams to get within one run of the Orioles.
The game put the cap on Williams’ 19 seasons in Major League Baseball. Despite his unreal abilities on the field. Williams struggled to keep a positive image off the field with both fans and the media. On more than one occasion, early in his career, he spit towards fans as they heckled him for his Mexican roots. He vowed to never tip his hat to fans, and despite his success, he kept to his word.
In 1941, Williams became the last player to have his season average over .400. In 1966, he was joined the greats in 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