Monday, July 27, 2009
Over the weekend I watched the Ted Williams documentary on HBO, which was terrific and I recommend everyone to give it a look. The documentary pointed a few of the obvious but often overlooked aspects of Ted Williams career, namely the fact that he basically lost five full seasons of his career due to military service. He lost three full seasons due to World War II and lost all but 43 games in two seasons due to the Korean War.
The Splendid Splinter already ranks amongst the elite in all major league baseball categories and is at the top of the top in the average categories. Williams is ranked 7th, 1st, 2nd and 2nd respectively in BA, OBP, SLG%, and OPS. But its the accumaltion stats that were hit due to the war, so how would Teddy Ballgame rank amongst the elite if he did play those games? Where would his legacy sit?
Williams would be the all-time leader in Runs and Runs Batted In. He would be the all time leader in walks. He would be 6th in total hits and 5th in doubles. His prowess would be matched by Babe Ruth alone. Take a look at what his entire statline would be like for a career, its unreal.
To gather the projections I took averages an plopped them in. The averages used are as follows 43 (41,42), 44 (42,46), 45 (46,47), 52 (51), 53 (51,54).