I'm going to take a little time and explain to everyone why Ted Williams was the greatest hitter to ever pick up a bat. He did things so remarkable it makes my head spin. He made playing left field for the Boston Red Sox what it has still been to this day, a truly remarkable position.
Ted debuted in 1939, and while they didn't have a rookie of the year award back then, he did manage to finish 4th in the mvp voting. His rookie year would match most people's career year, as he hit 31 home runs, scored 131 runs, drove in 145, and posted a .327 batting average with a .436 obp. His whole career was a whole lot of seasons that look a hell of a lot like this one, as he tore apart the leagues pitching from day one.
Lets look at Ted's accolades reallllllly quick. Well, it could take a while, he won a **** load of everything.
All-Star Games- 17
MVP Awards- 2, to go along with nine top five finishes
ML Player of Year Awards- 5
Triple Crowns- 2
Batting Titles- 6, Last player to ever hit .400 in a season(.406 in 1941)
Those are quite pretty to look at, but that isn't all he did. He led the league in obp 12 times(also has the highest of all time), slugging 9 times, ops 10 times, runs six times, HR's four times, and runs created 9 times.
Now that I say, is a recipe for the greatest hitter of all time. No one in the history of baseball has had the plate discipline that he had, as he collected 2021 walks while only striking out 709 times. HOLY ****!!!!!!!!! Thats pure gold baby, pure gold. His career obp is the highest of all time at .482, and his career ops is a ridiculous 1.116. Just to clarify this next stat, an average ops+ is 100. For his career, Ted's ops+ was 190!!!!, and he had six seasons of a ops+ over 200.
Now you see, I believe Ted Williams is the greatest hitter of all time. You can argue, you can disagree, but had he not lost those two seasons to WW2, he would have probably hit 600 caree home runs and would be more relevant in these discussions.