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Happy birthday, Kid

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The Splendid Splinter, Ted Williams (Baseball Hall of Fame)


Ted Williams, the greatest hitter who ever lived, would have been 102 years old today.

Williams, not just figuratively, but statistically, as well, is one of the greatest, if not THE greatest hitter in Major League Baseball history.

If you love baseball, it’s really hard not to love Ted Williams.

He is the all-time leader in on-base percentage (.482), second all-time in slugging percentage (.634) and second in OPS (1.116), the combination of those aforementioned two numbers, which essentially paints a picture of how productive a hitter is.

The leader in both categories in which Williams is second? Babe Ruth, often considered the game’s greatest player. But Williams, unlike Ruth, played his career in the live-ball era and played the majority of his career after integration, meaning all of the best players could finally make the major leagues. (More on this topic later.)

He is the last major leaguer to hit higher than .400 in a full season – .406 in 1941.

He won the Triple Crown in 1942 (.356, 36 HRs, 137 RBIs) – the last season before he joined the Marines as an aviator for World War II. And he won the Triple Crown in 1947 (.343, 32, 114), his second season back from WWII.

As a 2nd Lt., Williams was an F4U Corsair flight instructor at Naval Air Station Pensacola. He was in Pearl Harbor awaiting transport to a unit in the Pacific when Japan surrendered in 1945. He missed three full seasons in his prime (1943-45) for the war.

When the Korean War happened, Williams was called up from the reserves and assigned to VMF-311, Marine Air Group 33 in Phang, South Korea.

For much of the war, he was future astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn’s wing man. Glenn called Williams the best pilot he had ever seen. Glenn’s wife said he was the most profane man she’d ever met.

Williams earned the Naval Air Medal when his plane was hit across enemy lines and he guided it back safely, despite the plane eventually catching fire after a crash landing.

He finished his military career with two Silver Stars and three Bronze Stars. And he never complained about his time in the prime of his career lost to the service.

Using Williams’ averages during those periods in his career, in almost five full seasons, military service cost him 864 hits, 155 home runs and 582 RBIs. Adding those numbers to his career totals, Williams would have amassed more than 3,500 hits, good for fifth all-time behind just Pete Rose, Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron and Stan Musial; 671 home runs, behind just Barry Bonds, Aaron, Ruth and Alex Rodriguez; and more than 2,400 RBIs, easily eclipsing Aaron as the all-time leader.

And it’s fair to say Williams could have done even more damage. He retired as a 41-year-old after a 1960 season that saw him hit .311 with 29 home runs and 72 RBIs. An all-star, he posted an OPS of 1.096. For reference, that OPS would have been second in the major leagues last season by .004.

In his retirement, Williams was an avid and talented fisherman, owning several records during his lifetime. He is a member of the International Fishing Hall of Fame, making him one of just four athletes to reach the Hall of Fame in multiple sports joining Jim Brown (football, lacrosse), Cumberland Posey (baseball, basketball) and Cal Hubbard (baseball, football).

Politically, Williams was once described as even “to the right of Attila The Hun,” except when it came to civil rights. Possibly the best thing Williams did off the baseball field during peacetime was to use his acceptance speech upon induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966 to advocate for the inclusion of Negro League players who had been denied the opportunity to play in the major leagues and were not eligible for the Hall.

“I hope that some day the names of Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson in some way could be added as a symbol of the great Negro players that are not here only because they were not given the chance.”



Random stuff

Posted in Odd, Politics with tags , , , on August 22, 2008 by macmystery
Some of John and Cindy McCain's property.

Some of John and Cindy McCain's property.

Man of the House

Quick, how many houses do you own? I’ll give you 10 seconds, think carefully.

Tick, tock, tick, tock …

If you answered, “My staff will have to get back to you,” you probably need to have some things checked.

You have got to be kidding me! John McCain is running for president, and he can’t answer that simple question.

“I think — I’ll have my staff get to you. It’s condominiums where — I’ll have them get to you.”

Once again, good to see the Republicans have chosen an “everyman” to carry their torch. And he’s accusing Obama of being an elitist?

Here’s what Obama had to say to an audience in Chester, Va.:

“I guess . . . if you don’t know how many houses you have, then it’s not surprising that you might think the economy was fundamentally strong. But if you’re like me, and you’ve got one house, or you are like the millions of people who are struggling right now to keep up with their mortgage so they don’t lose their home, you might have a different perspective.”

Before I go on my next job interview, I think I’ll review how many houses I own, just in case someone tries to trip me up.

Turn yourself in, … or don’t

Believe it or not, the U.S. actually had a program called Schedule Departure where illegal immigrants could voluntarily come forward and be deported.

I say had because, well, it had to be shut down.

Why, you say?

Well, believe it or not, it wasn’t because of the swarms of immigrants who couldn’t wait to have the U.S. government round them up, ban them from entering the country, even legally, for 10 years and then transport them to Mexico, where they’ll just have to spend an outrageous amount of money and risk their lives, simply to get back to where they were.

No, I guess the 8 … yes, 8, that’s right, 8 … the 8 people who volunteered in the program’s three-week trial period weren’t enough to give the INS the impression this might be a good idea.

It shouldn’t have taken three weeks and eight Mexicans to tell them that.

The big catch

The big catch

Bait-your-hook Barbie, in stores soon

Dad takes little girl fishing. Little girl has to go to bathroom. Dad holds little girl’s Barbie fishing rod while she’s gone. Dad catches state-record channel catfish using little girls left-behind Barbie rod.

Believe it … or not.