Because he didn't win a World Series, would Ted Williams be in your top five players of all time?
- Anonymous2 months ago
Ted Williams is the best hitter of all time. Williams lost five prime years to military service, which also adds to making him the best hitter of all time. To miss several years of the game and then come back and STILL be great is incredible. If you interpolate stats from those five years, Williams, at retirement, would have been the all-time leader in walks, runs, RBI's, and home runs. He was an average (at best) defender but still the greatest hitter of all time.
- Anonymous2 months ago
He's in my Top 5 despite the fact that he never played on a world champion and struggled in his only WS appearance.
You just can't ignore his overall numbers.
- conley39Lv 72 months ago
Yes, he's still in my top five.
- curtisports2Lv 72 months ago
He's one of the greatest all-around players of all time and belongs in the Top 5. He played, unfortunately, when the Yankees dominated the AL. His one real chance fell short when Boston lost to the Cardinals in seven games in 1946.
Williams lost significant playing time over two stints in the military, during WW II and the Korean conflict. He lost the equivalent of five full seasons during his prime years, ages 24-26 and 33-34.
Giving him his career averages for those five seasons would move him from 77th in career hits to 5th, from tied for 20th in home runs to 4th, and from 15th in RBI to #1 by more than 100 RBI in front of Aaron.
With those numbers, no one can win the argument that he wasn't one of the five best ever. He's tied for 7th in all-time batting average (and is #1 in on-base percentage and 4th in career walks, while placing 785th in striking out. That shows how incredibly efficient he was at the plate. He is the only man who played after 1940 to finish above .340 (Musial and Gwynn are the only others to finish above .330) and the last to hit .400 (.406) in 1941. The closest anyone has come in 79 years are Gwynn - .394, Brett - .390, and Williams himself at .388.
Cobb, Hornsby and maybe a few others were arguably more efficient at the plate, but they didn't combine that efficiency with power.
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- DavidLv 72 months ago
You can't hold that against him.