79 years ago today in front of 12,000 fans at Fenway Park, Ted Williams hit the first home run of his major league career. It would come in the fourth game of the season for the Red Sox and it would come off of Bud Thomas of the Philadelphia Athletics.
Teddy would get the start in right field that day, as he would throughout most of his rookie season in 1939, he would go 4-5 for the game with three runs batted in. Thomas would record just two outs while giving up four earned runs. Amazingly, the Red Sox would still manage to lose this game 12-8 and fall to 2-2 on the season.
April 23, 1939
|Doc Cramer CF||4||1||0||0||1||0||5||.235||.278||.353||.631||-0.102||1.25||0.048||-0.150||-1.7||4||0||GDP|
|Joe Vosmik LF||4||1||1||0||1||1||5||.235||.278||.294||.572||-0.039||1.03||0.057||-0.095||-0.3||3||0|
|Jimmie Foxx 1B||5||2||2||0||0||1||5||.267||.389||.333||.722||0.057||1.07||0.163||-0.106||0.5||8||1||GDP|
|Joe Cronin SS||3||0||0||1||2||0||5||.167||.444||.250||.694||0.067||0.99||0.092||-0.025||0.7||0||4|
|Jim Tabor 3B||4||1||1||1||0||0||5||.133||.188||.200||.388||-0.041||1.18||0.034||-0.075||-0.8||2||1||SB,SF|
|Ted Williams RF||5||2||4||3||0||0||5||.444||.444||.778||1.222||0.330||1.00||0.345||-0.015||3.2||1||0||HR,2B|
|Bobby Doerr 2B||5||1||3||1||0||0||5||.400||.471||.533||1.004||0.113||0.94||0.151||-0.038||0.8||2||2||2B|
|Gene Desautels C||4||0||1||1||1||1||5||.091||.167||.182||.348||0.051||1.04||0.124||-0.073||0.3||6||0||2B|
|Elden Auker P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00||0.0||0||0|
|Denny Galehouse P||2||0||0||0||2||2||4||.000||.500||.000||.500||-0.054||1.25||0.038||-0.092||-0.3||1||3|
|Fritz Ostermueller P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00||0.0||0||0|
|Joe Heving P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00||0.0||0||0|
|Emerson Dickman P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00||0.0||0||0|
Williams would hit 520 more homers but just one more off of Thomas. Williams would come to the plate 11 times in his career against Thomas and manage just two hits and a walk. Both hits were homers.
Ted Williams would face Bob Feller more than any other pitcher in his career, 178 plate appearances. Williams would hit 10 homers off of Feller, the most he hit off of any other pitcher. Williams finished his career with a .357 average against "Rapid Robert". Feller would often say that trying to throw a fastball by Williams was like trying to get a ray of sun light by a rooster.
Jack Harshman might not be a household name but he gave Williams the most trouble in his career, Williams would come to the plate 35 times against Harshman hitting just .156 with 0 homeruns and 7 strikeouts.