Ted Williams won six batting titles, but that doesn’t really explain his mastery at the plate. Thanks to an excellent batting eye, Williams led the American League in on-base percentage 12 times overall, including each season he played from 1940-49, when he missed three full years due to his service in the Marines. His .482 career on-base percentage is the best of all time.
Williams also led the AL in home runs four times, and his .634 career slugging percentage is second to only Babe Ruth.
Williams retired following the 1960 season, hitting a home run in his final at-bat on Sept. 28, 1960. He finished his career with a .344 batting average, 521 home runs, 2,021 walks and 1,839 RBI.
Williams was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1966 and served as the manager of the Washington Senators/Texas Rangers franchise from 1969-72.
He passed away on July 5, 2002.