Ted Williams -The Best Damn Hitter Who Ever Lived

By Frank Workman | Apr 15, 2012

My son Tim, now in San Diego, told me on Friday that he was excited to be coaching his JV Kearney HS Komets that day on the high school field where Ted Williams grew up,  at Hoover High.

I shared this with a young guy at work (hell, they’re ALL young at my work), and added, as a tagline   “the best damn hitter who ever lived”,  the famously stated goal of Teddy Ballgame -- to be able to walk down the street and be referred to in that manner.

Young guy at work says   ‘even better than Edgar Martinez?’

I laughed out loud at the very thought.

For grins and giggles, I looked the two up.


Edgar’s two best seasons for batting average -   .356 and .343.

Williams’ career   BA  -    .344.  (Edgar’s career BA was   .312.)


Edgar’s best On-Base Percentage -   .479.      Career -   .418.

Williams’ best  OBP  -                            . 553     Career   -  .482.



Edgar’s best single year Slugging Avg    .628.     Career -  .515

Williams’ best  SA   -                                     .735      Career -  .634 .


Edgar’s best  year for On-Base  Plus Slugging -  1.107  Career   .933

Williams best  OPS career                                       -1.287  Career 1.116


Edgar, the doubles hitting machine, had 514 2-base hits.

Teddy Ballgame had   525.


Walks  -  Edgar   1283       Williams  2021 (!!)


Not to mention the difference in HRs  309  -  521.


Made to look like an average 162-game season (which Williams never played in – his were 154 game seasons), their major stat-lines looked like this -


Edgar          .312    24 HRs    99 RBIs

Williams      .344    37           130


Granted, Williams played one extra season (19) than did Edgar (curse you FOREVER Jim Presley), but he also missed five years in the military (when he would have been 24-26, and 33-34).

None of this meant to disparage Edgar Martinez, who we here hold near and dear – but if he is to be measured by Ted Williams’ standard, then it will be a hot day in Cooperstown, when Ted is uncryogenically defrozen, before Edgar makes the Hall of Fame.

There’s no question about it.




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