On This Day In Baseball History: April 20, 1939

Ted Williams


At Yankee Stadium Ted Williams makes his Major League debut. In his first career at bat the Splendid Splinter strikes out. He ends the day going 1-4 with a double. He’ll go on to finish his rookie campaign by scoring 131 runs, and collecting 185 hits, 44 doubles, 11 triples, 31 homers, driving in 145 runs, and compiling a .327 batting average. Two years later at the age of 22 Teddy Ballgame will finish the season with a .406 batting average making him the last player in Major League baseball history to hit .400 in a season.


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