The Day Ted Williams Became the Last .400 Hitter in Baseball

By Bill Nowlin

This article was published in the 2013 The National Pastime.

September 28, 1941. Shibe Park, Philadelphia. The Red Sox split a Sunday doubleheader with Connie Mack’s Athletics on the final day of the 1941 season. These were meaningless games in the standings; the Red Sox were in second place but 17 1⁄2 games behind the Yankees and the Athletics were dead last, 37 1⁄2 games out of first. But these were professionals and there was something else at stake. . . .

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