Ted Williams is considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time. Here are some fun facts about Teddy Ballgame that you may not have known:
- In 1941, he batted .400 with the Red Sox. No hitter in the MLB has batted .400 in a season since
- He did not play from 1943-45 because he was enlisted in the Navy as a fighter pilot during World War II
- In 1947, New York Yankees owner Dan Topping tried to convince Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey to trade Williams in exchange for Joe DiMaggio. Topping called the deal off after Yawkey said he would only accept the offer if Topping threw in a young outfielder named Yogi Berra.
- Williams and President George H.W. Bush were classmates in the U.S. Navy pre-flight school in Chapel Hill, NC in 1943.
- Williams served as manager for the Washington Senators from 1969-1971
- Williams won Manager of the Year in 1969
- After his death in 2002, Williams was cryogenically frozen
- In 1940, Williams tried his hand at pitching, throwing 2 innings, giving up 1 run on 3 hits and a strike out. Williams left the game with a 4.50 ERA
- In 1953, while deployed to Korea as a fighter pilot for the Marines during the Korean War, his plane was nearly shot down over North Korea. Williams managed to land the burning plane safely.
- During his tenure as manager as for the Senators, Williams kept a picture of President Richard Nixon on his desk