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Ted Williams announces retirement...
Item # 566967
September 26, 1960
THE SPRINGFIELD UNION,, Massachusetts, September 26, 1960
* Ted William retires
* Boston Red Sox
* MLB Baseball
This 20 page newspaper has a two column headline on the front page: "Ted Williams Retires" with photo and caption: "At End Of Road" (see)
Tells of the announcement of Ted Williams that he will retire at seasons' end which was only 2 days away. Nice to have from a city close to Boston.
Other news of the day. Light browning, otherwise good.
wikipedia notes: Theodore Samuel "Ted" Williams (August 30, 1918–July 5, 2002) was a left fielder in Major League Baseball. He played 21 seasons with the Boston Red Sox, twice interrupted by military service as a Marine Corps pilot. Nicknamed The Kid, the Splendid Splinter, Teddy Ballgame, and The Thumper, he is widely considered one of the greatest hitters ever.
Williams was a two-time American League Most Valuable Player (MVP) winner, led the league in batting six times, and won the Triple Crown twice. He had a career batting average of .344, with 521 home runs, and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966. He is the last player in Major League Baseball to bat over .400 in a single season (.406 in 1941). Williams holds the highest career batting average of anyone with 500 or more home runs. His career year was 1941, when he hit .406 with 37 HR, 120 RBI, and 135 runs scored. His .551 on base percentage set a record that stood for 61 years. An avid sport fisherman, he hosted a television show about fishing and was inducted into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame.
Williams ended his career dramatically, hitting a home run in his very last at-bat on September 28, 1960. The classic John Updike essay "Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu" chronicles this event and is often mentioned among the greatest pieces of sports writing in American journalism.
Category: The 20th Century