Ted Williams was the last player to hit.400, doing it in 1941 with a.406 average. Ed Delahanty, Ty Cobb, and Rogers Hornsby all hit.400 or greater three times throughout their careers. Williams is considered by many to be the best hitter of all time, so this isn't surprising. He also had 2200 hits over his career, which makes him the leader among left-handed hitters.
Williams's average fell below.400 each year from 1939 through 1941, but he still managed to play in every game of every season during that period. His final season saw him miss only two games due to injury and one other game because of rain out. The Red Sox went 77-46 during that season, finishing first in the American League.
He died in August 1958 at the age of 58. Today's batting champion is Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers, who has won five straight titles since Williams last hit.400.
Ty Cobb, Ed Delahanty, and Rogers Hornsby are the only players who have batted over.400 three times in their careers; utilize this list to make up and answer additional comparable trivia questions. Examine the members of the 400 Hitters Club, then visit SABR's top one-hundred players of all time to discover how they did on that famous list.
"Ted Williams 400." Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox played a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Athletics on the final day of the regular season on September 28, 1941, and got six hits in eight at-bats to raise his batting average to.400. The next day, in Game 1 of the doubleheader, he scored the first two runs of the game and had an extra base hit in each of the first three innings before leaving with a stomach illness. In his absence, John Henry Chadwick of the A's played excellent defense but made only one out as the Boston bullpen allowed five straight hits and lost 5-4. With a.400 batting average, Williams is the only player in major league history to reach that mark.
Here are the other current major league players who have batted.400 or better:
Bobby Abreu - 2001
Tony Armas Jr. - 1958
Ralph Branca - 1950s
Eddie Murray - 1951
Hank Greenberg - 1936
Theodore "Ted" Williams - 1941
Willie Mays - 1956
Joe DiMaggio - 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940.
1941 Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox played a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Athletics on September 28, 1941, and had six hits in eight at-bats to raise his batting average to.406 and becoming the first player to accomplish it since Bill Terry in 1930. In the first game, he hit a home run, knocked in three runs, and was credited with an.500 batting average after four innings. In the second game, he was 1 for 2 with a triple before being removed from the lineup because of pain in his back. He came out of retirement to play in that game, but was 0 for 4 with two strikeouts.
Williams's average remained at.406 through the end of the season, making him the American League leader. The next day, Williams's former team, the Cape Cod Baseball League, named their championship trophy in his honor. Previously, they had known it by another name - the league title was then worth $5,000 ($ when adjusted for inflation).
In 2012, some baseball historians ranked Ted Williams as the greatest hitter of all time. His career average of.429 is the highest of any left-handed hitter who played at least 100 games per season during their age-30 or younger seasons.
Ted Williams died in August 1978. He was 58 years old.
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|1941 & The Art of Hitting .400 by Ted Williams|
|Game Date Details (Specifics)||Opponent||Average|
|05-27-1941 : Game 1 1-2 (HR)||Philadelphia||.406|
|05-27-1941 : Game 2 1-4 (Single)||Philadelphia||.400|
|05-28-1941 3-5 (2 Singles, Double)||Philadelphia||.409|
Ty Cobb has the greatest lifetime batting average in MLB (.366). The only current player who comes close is Ted Williams, at.412.
Cobb played in a time when there were no protective walls in baseball stadiums. As a result, he was able to hit many balls out of the park. He also had an exceptional eye at the plate. According to one estimate, Cobb saw more than 100 pitches per game. This is why people think that his high batting average will come down if we adjust it for today's baseballs and pitched games. However, even after such an adjustment, Cobb still would have the highest career average.
Other famous batters with high averages include Joe DiMaggio, George Sisler, and Barry Bonds. All of them are in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The lowest batting average ever recorded by a hitter who has appeared in at least 150 games is Bill Lange's 0.205 in 1921. No current player has ever had a lower average.
Lange was a left-handed hitter who only used one hand for his swing. He is the only player in history to have a negative batting average.
The most recent player to record at least six hits in a single nine-inning Major League Baseball game was Phillip Ervin of the Cincinnati Reds on July 13, 2019.
On September 28, 1979, fifteen different St. Louis Cardinals players had one or more hits in that historic game, establishing a major league record for the most players on one club with at least one hit in the same game. The Atlanta Braves equaled this one-of-a-kind multi-player hits record on October 3, 1999!
No one has ever hit two home runs in a single inning before or after, and no one has ever matched Tatis' eight RBIs in a single inning. Tatis was hitting second behind Mark McGwire that day (during the McGwire SMASH! period). Tatis had only two hits in the game, which the Cardinals won 12-5.
As of 2019, 47 different players had at least six hits in a Major League Baseball (MLB) extra-inning game. Only Jimmie Foxx has done it more than once in his career, and no player has ever had more than nine hits in a game, with Johnny Burnett holding the record.