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Splendid statistics: Ted Williams by the numbers

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Imagine if Ted Williams didn't spend close to five years in the military. Instead of having 521 home runs and 1,839 RBIs, he probably would have ended his career as the all-time leader in those departments. But enough of the what-ifs. The bottom line is Williams is the greatest hitter to swing a bat. With that in mind, here are some significant numbers regarding Teddy Ballgame:

0: The number of Gold Gloves won by Williams during his playing career.

1: The number of times Ted Williams appeared in the World Series.

2: Number of American League MVPs won by Williams.

2: Number of wars Williams served in during his baseball career.

3: The number of wives Williams had during his 82 years of living.

3: The number of nicknames ("The Kid," "Teddy Ballgame" and "The Splendid Splinter") Williams was known by.

3.85: Williams' grade point average during his six months at Amherst College in Massachusetts. He went to the school starting in November of 1942 to learn naval aviation.

4: The number of times Williams finished second in the American League MVP balloting.

5: Number of years Williams has been in the ' Hall of Fame.

6: Number of batting titles won by Williams.

9: The number of innings Williams played with a fractured left elbow during the 1950 All-Star Game.

9: The number of managers Williams played for during his career.

12: The number of home runs Williams hit off pitcher Virgil Trucks, a career high.

13: The number medals won by Williams during his military career.

18: Number of times Williams was named to the American League All-Star team.

24: Number of bases stolen by Williams.

33: The number of times Williams was intentionally walked in 1957, an American League record.

38: The number of missions Williams flew during the Korean War.

40: Williams' age, the oldest in history, when he won the batting title in 1958. He hit .328 that year.

97: The number of game-winning home runs hit by Williams during his playing career.

145: Record number of RBIs set by a rookie in a season — Williams.

.344: Williams' career batting average.

.328: Williams' career batting average on the road.

.361: Williams' career batting average at Fenway Park.

.429: Williams' winning percentage as manager of the Washington Senators/Texas .

.483: Williams' on-base percentage during his playing career.

521: Number of career home runs hit by Williams.

.634: Williams' slugging percentage.

.974: Williams' fielding percentage.

1941: The year Williams hit .406. No major league player has reached that figure since.

1956: The year Williams spat on fans during an August 8 game.

1958: The year Williams accidently threw a bat into the stands and hit Joe Cronin's housekeeper in the head.

1991: The year Williams finally tipped his cap to the Fenway Park fans for the first time since 1952.

2,019: Number of times Williams walked during his career.

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