Monday, April 23, 2018

Ted Williams Homers for the First Time

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 CF4100105.235.278.353.631-0.1021.250.048-0.150-1.740GDP
Joe Vosmik LF4110115.
Jimmie Foxx 1B5220015.267.389.333.7220.0571.070.163-0.1060.581GDP
Joe Cronin SS3001205.167.444.250.6940.0670.990.092-0.0250.704
Jim Tabor 3B4111005.,SF
Ted Williams RF5243005.444.444.7781.2220.3301.000.345-0.0153.210HR,2B
Bobby Doerr 2B5131005.400.471.5331.0040.1130.940.151-0.0380.8222B
Gene Desautels C4011115.
Elden Auker P00000000.000.000
   Denny Galehouse P2000224.000.500.000.500-0.0541.250.038-0.092-0.313
   Fritz Ostermueller P00000000.000.000
   Joe Heving P00000000.000.000
   Emerson Dickman P00000000.000.000
Team Totals3681277544.333.442.500.9420.3821.091.052-0.669

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.

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