Monday, February 16, 2009

Theodore S. 'Ted' Williams
Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame

Baseball - Outfield

Boston Red Sox Theodore Samuel Williams...1939 Rookie of the Year Award... 1942 American League Triple Crown... 1946 Most Valuable Player Award... 1947 American League Triple Crown... 1949 Most Valuable Player Award... 1958 Silver Slugger Award... 1966 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction...Born August 30, 1918, San Diego, CA...Died July 5, 2002 at age of 83...

Career: AVG-.344 HR-512 HITS-2654 RBI-1839

Theodore S. "Ted" Williams was born August 30, 1918, in San Diego, California. He began playing Major League baseball with the Boston Red Sox in 1939 and in 1941 completed a season of batting .406. In January 1942, Williams received a draft notice. Toward the end of the 1942 season, he voluntarily enrolled for naval aviation training.

Williams was commissioned a Marine Second Lieutenant in May, 1944, and following air gunnery training in Jacksonville, Florida, he was transferred to San Francisco and then on to 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing in Hawaii in August, 1945. He was discharged in December of that same year.

After his discharge from the Marines, Williams resumed his career with the Red Sox until he was called back on active duty for service in Korea in May, 1952. After refresher training at Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, and Cherry Point, North Carolina, Williams joined Marine Fighter Squadron (Jet) 311, Marine Aircraft Group 33, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in Korea in February, 1953. There he flew 49 combat missions. Discharged as a Captain in July, 1953, Williams returned once again to the Red Sox and baseball.

Williams retired from professional baseball after the 1960 season. In spite of missing nearly five full seasons while serving in the Marine Corps, Williams earned two Triple Crowns, two Most Valuable Player awards, six American League batting titles, 521 home runs, a lifetime batting average of .344, and 18 All-Star appearances. He is also the last player to bat more than .400 in a complete season.

Williams' military decorations include the Air Medal with 2 Gold Stars, Navy Unit Commendation, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars, United Nations Service Medal, and Korean Presidential Unit Citation.