Yankees Aaron Judge is already superior to Red Sox’s Ted Williams
Like Ted Wiliams. He is not only one of the best players of all time, easily top 10 and maybe top five, but also an amazing human being. When he took time off from baseball to participate in two American conflicts (WWII and Korea), he didn’t spend his time playing exhibitions.
No, he spent World War II flying deadly missions. And he was so good at it that he spent the Korean conflict as a top-gun flight instructor. John Wayne should have watched movies about him.
In baseball, though, his numbers speak for themselves: .344/.482/.634. Ted’s OBP, by the way, is also the highest in the history of baseball (Babe Ruth –.474).
But it is exactly that stat that started me writing this column. As highly as I regard OBP as a predictor of team success, Williams’ stems from a very negative trait, one that has been forgotten amidst all of the great facts and numbers.
It might be, however, that one little thing that stopped Williams from winning.