Happy birthday to the Splendid Splinter!

On this day in 1918, one of baseball’s greatest hitters was born in San Diego, California. During a 19 year career with the Boston Red Sox, Williams amassed two MVPs, over 500 home runs and a stunning career batting average of .344. Williams was the last player to hit over .400 in a season when he did so in 1941. Williams also served in the Marine Corps as an aviator during World War II and again during the Korean War. Like Hank Greenberg, Williams’ career was interrupted by service in the military, but he came back strong in 1946 to lead the Red Sox to the pennant. Williams, who would have turned 94 today, passed away in 2002 due to cardiac arrest.

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