What game would you like to see?… RedSox A’s 1941

Posted: March 24, 2011 in baseball
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At baseball crank, (who I really need to link to more) they are asking what is the one sports event that you would want to go back and see.

His choice of game 7 (actually game 8) of the 1912 world series is a pretty good one (Giants Red Sox) the final game of one of the greatest world series ever played, but my choice is a less significant pair of games in the standing but more incredible in terms of drama.

In 1941 Ted Williams going into the final two games batting .3995 His manager offered to sit him since Major league Baseball rounds up, Williams was having none of it.

When he came to the plate the Catcher for the A’s (then in Philadelphia) informed him that Connie Mack (the manager/owner of the A’s) told the pitchers to “pitch to him” and not around him. Williams in the hottest spot he would be in outside of an airplane at war managed to go 6-8 in the double-header and get his average up to .406. Nobody has come within 15 points of him since, not Gwynn, not Boggs, not Brett, not Yaz, not Bonds, not Ichrio. not Carew not nobody.

And he did this in an 8 team league without expansion pitching.

Comments
  1. TWB says:

    Teddy ballgame was the man. There’s a few that come close, but none in the modern era for sure.

    That’s when baseball was at it’s purest. Good choice. As for me, I’d like to see Babe Ruth’s called shot or maybe Willie Mays’ phenomenal over the shoulder catch in the World Series.

  2. Sean says:

    Not to diminish Teddy’s accomplishments, but his 8 team, non expansion league was also segregated. Some of the best ballplayers in the land weren’t allowed to play.