Highlights of Ted Williams' career: 

1939: As a major league rookie, hit .327 with 31 homers and 145 RBI. 

1940: Raised his average to .344. 

1941: Hit .406, an achievement not touched since, and also led the league with 37 homers, 145 bases on balls and a .735 slugging mark (total bases divided by at-bats). 

1942: Won baseball's Triple Crown: best in hitting (.356); homers (36); and RBI (137). 

1942-45: Service in World War II. 

1946: Led Red Sox to the pennant, hitting .342 and finally winning the Most Valuable Player award. 

1947: Won his second Triple Crown: .343 average, 32 homers and 114 RBI. 

1948: Led the league in hitting, .369. 

1949: Second MVP award; hit .343 with 43 homers and 159 RBIs. 

1952-53: Service in Korean War. 

1957: Led the league in hitting, .388. 

1958: Led the league in hitting, .328; was oldest man ever to do so. 

1969-71: manager, Washington Senators 

1972: manager, Texas Rangers. 

Career record as manager: 273 victories and 364 losses, a .429 mark.