Ted Williams Could’ve Been the Greatest Ever if Not for 3 Years in the Military
TED WILLIAMS COULD’VE BEEN THE GREATEST EVER IF NOT FOR 3 YEARS IN THE MILITARY
There is no denying that Ted Williams was a phenomenal baseball player and one of the best hitters in MLB history. In addition to his 19 All-Star selections and two AL MVPs, he won the coveted AL Triple Crown twice, became the AL batting champion six times, and led the AL in home runs and RBIs four times each. Williams also holds the MLB record for the highest career on-base percentage (.482) of all-time.
These accolades are even more impressive considering that Williams missed three full prime seasons due to military service during World War II. He left for the marine corps in 1943 and didn’t return to baseball until 1946, winning the AL MVP his first year back after finishing second the year before he left. He also had multiple seasons shortened in the early 1950s when he was recalled to serve in the Korean War. If not for these gaps in his playing career, Williams could have went down as the greatest baseball player ever.