In the season finale doubleheader in Philadelphia, Ted Williams goes 6-for-8 and raises his batting average to .406 for the year. Williams also ended the season with an amazing on-base percentage of .553. That would stand as the highest mark until Barry Bonds topped that in 2002 (.582) and then again in 2004 (.609). Teddy Ballgame still holds the career mark for on-base percentage at .481.
2014 Panini National Treasures “Legends” #17 Ted Williams
This was another beautiful relic booklet I picked up earlier this summer. It’s nice to see a different shot of Ted, unlike Topps who can’t help themselves by using the same photography every year. The layout works too in that you don’t miss not see any team logos.
That .406 mark still stands as the last time a major leaguer has topped .400 for a season. It was also the first time since 1930 when New York Giants’ Bill Terry (.401) eclipsed that mark. The last American Leaguer — Detroit’s Harry Heilmann in 1923 with a .403 average.