In my mind Ted Williams is kind of like taking John Wayne and making him a baseball player… and not just any baseball player – someone who many consider to be the greatest hitter of all time!
He was the last MLB player to bat over .400 in a season, hitting .406 in 1941. He followed this up by winning his first Triple Crown in 1942 and interrupted his baseball career in 1943 to serve three years in the US Navy and US Marine Corps during World War II.
Upon returning to MLB in 1946, Williams won his first AL MVP Award and played in his only World Series. In 1947, he won his second Triple Crown.
He returned to active military duty for portions of the 1952 and 1953 seasons to serve as a Marine combat aviator in the Korean War and in 1957 and 1958 at the ages of 39 and 40, respectively, he was the AL batting champion for the fifth and sixth time… in short, the guy was a badass!
This painting captures Williams at his best… with a bat in his hand, admiring his work.