Today in History: Ted Williams becomes last player to hit .400

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Today in History: Ted Williams becomes last player to hit .400
Ted Williams, ace Red Sox Rookie who thus far is having sensational year. To date he has batted in 47 runs, and is led only by Hank Greenberg of Detroit on June 15, 1939. (AP Photo)
Outfielder for the Boston Red Sox Ted Williams poses at Yankee Stadium in New York City on May 23, 1941. He was born Theodore Samuel Williams in San Diego, Ca. on Aug. 30, 1918. He played with the Boston Red Sox for 19 seasons, 1939-1942 and 1946-1960, retiring at age 42. He served in World War II and the Korean War. During his major league career, Williams was named American League Most Valuable Player twice, achieved two AL Triple Crowns, won six AL batting championships, and is considered one ofthe greatest hitters with 521 homeruns and a lifetime average of .344. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1966. (AP Photo)
Ted Williams, ace Red Sox rookie who thus far is having a sensational year, is shown, June 15, 1939. (AP Photo/Abe Fox)
Three Boston Baseball Players, shown above, received awards for their 1939 work, Feb. 1, 1940 at annual dinner of Boston Baseball Writers' Association. Left to right: Joe Cronin, Manager and shortstop of Red Sox, who won the Paul Shannon Trophy for leading his team to five straight victories over the champion New York Yankees; Ted Williams, Red Sox right fielder, who won award for being most valuable Boston Player, and Eddie Miller, Beesâ Shortstop, termed the outstanding rookie. (AP Photo)
Ted Williams is at bat at Fenway Park in Boston, Ma., on June, 15, 1939. (AP Photo)
Boston Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams at Yankee Stadium before the game in the dugout selecting bats, July 1, 1941. He is batting .402 for the season to date. (AP Photo)
This is a close-up of Ted Williams, outfielder for the Boston Red Sox, at Yankee Stadium in New York City on May 23, 1941. (AP Photo)
Before their game in Chicago against the White Sox, Ted Williams, left, Boston Red Sox left fielder, tests the right arm of Bobby Doerr, Boston second baseman, who will be an extra strong cog in his team's batting power if Williams is taken in his draft board's next call. Williams, shown in Chicago, May 14, 1942, was the American League batting champ last year and Doerr is off to a good start this season leading the league with a .406 average. (AP Photo)
Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox outfielder, enlists in the U.S. Navy and reenacts the oath-taking ceremony with Lt. Frank S. Donahue at Boston, Ma. on May 22, 1942. (AP Photo)
Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox outfielder, currently topping the major leagues at bat with a .353 average after today's Boston Red Sox - New York Yankees game in Boston on August 18, 1942, talks over records with Joe DiMaggio, the Yanks' heavy-hitting center fielder whose average is now at .311. (AP Photo/Abe Fox)
Ted Williams, right, Boston Red Sox slugger, communicates with Johnny Pesky, Red Sox shortstop, during Naval aviation commissions training, with 29 other U.S. Navy V-5 enlistees, at Amherst College, Amherst, Mass., Dec. 1, 1942. (AP Photo)
Wearing their U.S. Navy uniforms, outfielder Ted Williams, left, and shortstop Johnny Pesky watch the action from the dugout between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees at Fenway Park in Boston, Ma. on April 27, 1943. The two former Red Sox players are visiting as U.S. Naval Aviation Cadets. (AP Photo)
U.S. Naval Air Cadet Ted Williams, Red Sox outfielder, looks at his fiancee, Doris Soule of Princeton, Minn., in Boston, Ma. on July 14, 1943. Williams is in Boston for a special city-sponsored baseball game on July 12. (AP Photo)
Ted Williams, right, Boston Red Sox heavy hitter, receives his civilian pilot training wings from Frank G. Andrews, civilian pilot training regional director, during ceremonies at Amherst College in Amherst, Mass., December 1, 1943. Williams and 29 other naval cadets were receiving their primary training as Navy pilots. (AP Photo/Abe Fox)
Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox outfielder, shown in 1946. (AP Photo)
Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox slugger who twice led the American League in batting, gets a little work done on his favorite bat at his San Diego, Calif., home, Feb. 8, 1946. The lanky outfielder, who recently ended three years in the Marine Corps, plans to leave soon for the Sox training camp in Florida. (AP Photo)
Boston Red Sox slugger Ted Williams crosses up the "Dyer shift" in the third inning of the third World Series game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Boston, Ma., Oct. 9, 1946. Williams drops a bunt down the third base line into short left field, which is left deserted by the shift of Cardinal defensive players towards right. Cardinal catcher Joe Garagiola is about to flip off his mask and umpire Al Barlick watches play. (AP Photo)
General Manager Eddie Collins, right, of the Boston Red Sox, smiles at Ted Williams, nicknamed the "Splendid Splinter," who signs his 1947 contract in Boston, Ma., on Feb. 3, 1947. The contract reputedly calls for between $60,000 and $70,000 for the season. Collins told onlookers, "I've just signed the best ball player in the world--barring none. " (AP Photo)
BOSTON, MA - CIRCA 1947: Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox holds his 1948 AL Batting Champion trophy circa 1948 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
Boston Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams is shown, March 29, 1949. (AP Photo)
Boston Red Sox left fielder Ted Williams views the scoreboard at Fenway Park in Boston, Ma., June 8, 1950. The Red Sox are defeating the St. Louis Browns by a score of 29-4. (AP Photo)
Ted Williams, the Houston Red Sox hard-hitting outfielder felt much better on July 15, 1950 at Sancta Maria Hospital in Cambridge, Mass., where he is recovering from an operation on his left arm. Ted has seven bone chips removed from his elbow. The injury occurred in the all star game in Chicago when Ted chased Ralph Kinerâs smash in the first inning crashing into the wall and shattering the radius of his left arm. (AP Photo/Fox/Pool)
Yankees catcher Yogi Berra, the ball in his bare hand, tags out Boston Red Sox slugger Ted Williams at Fenway Park, Sept. 21, 1951. Williams, the Splendid Splinter, was trying to score from first base on Clyde Vollmer's fourth inning double off the left field wall. Left fielder Hank Bauer made the throw after the ball ricocheted off Joe DiMaggio's chest. The Yankees won the game 5-1, moving a game and a half ahead of the Cleveland Indians in the pennant race with just eight games left. (AP Photo)
Ted Williams, star outfielder for the Boston Red Sox, grins as he stands before a Marine Corps recruiting poster bearing his picture. The ball player had just signed himself back into service as an active reserve at his Marine Air station, May 3, 1952. He is shaking hands with Lt. Col. Jack R. Moore, left, commandant of the air station. (AP Photo/Bill ingraham)
MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 29, 1952: MIAMI, FLA.: Red Sox outfielder Capt. Ted Williams (left) and Cleveland Indians outfielder Capt. Bob Kennedy, two former opponents in the baseball world, smile together as they team up in the same Marine Corps flying squadron. The two had just returned (above) from Maneuvers in Puerto Rico, where they flew their F-9F Panther Jets in close ground support exercises. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox outfielder, hits a homerun in the 7th inning against the Washington Senators at Fenway Park in Boston, Sept. 26, 1954. This was Williams' 29th homer of the season. The Senators' catcher is Joe Tipton. The umpire is John Stevens. (AP Photo/J. Walter Green)
Ted Williams, right, reaches for his uniform shortly after signing a baseball contract for the balance of the 1955 season with the Boston Red Sox, as Johnny Orlando, the clubhouse custodian, looks on, May 13, 1955, Boston, Mass. The slugging outfielder, who quit baseball last season, arrived from Miami, signed a contract and then donned his uniform for a brief workout at Fenway Park. (AP Photo/Peter J. Carroll)
Boston Red Sox slugger Ted Williams is seen on September 27, 1959 in Boston, Mass., during the final game of season against the Washington Senators. The Senators catcher is Steve Korcheck. (AP Photo)
** FILE ** In this April 18, 1960 file photo, Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox knocks the ball out of the park for a home run in the second inning against the Washington Senators. The Washington catcher is Earl Battey. Researchers at Washington University say that's no coincidence _ the baseball diamond, they say, was built for the southpaw. (AP Photo, File)
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 28, 1960: Ted Williams #9 of the Boston Red Sox is introduced prior to his last home game of Williams career on Sept 28, 1960 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
Ted Williams, left, and Carl Yastrzemski are shown at the Boston Red Sox spring training camp in Scottsdale, Ariz., in this March 1, 1963 photo. (AP Photo)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 09: Retiring Ted Williams has last fling as he throws out first ball of Game Three of the 1960 World Series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and N.Y. Yankees. (Photo by Ed Peters/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Ted Williams and manager John Pesky of the Boston Red Sox, look over the players during a spring training session at the Sox spring training camp in Scottsdale, Arizona, March 1, 1963. (AP Photo/Harold Filan)
Ted Williams gives some pre game advice on right level to meet the ball to Carl Yastrzemski, July 27, 1967. Carl went out and hit a three-run double that climaxed a six-run seventh inning as Boston set the California Angels back 916 snapping a seven game winning streak. (AP Photo)
Ted Williams reflects on his rookie years as manager of the Washington Senators after the closing game of the season in Washington, Oct. 2, 1969. "It was great, just great," said Williams who led the team to its best season since 1953. (AP Photo/Charles W. Harrity)
Ted Williams, manager of the Washington Senators baseball team, pictured here in February of 1970. (AP Photo)
Red Sox great Ted Williams joins Red Sox president Jean Yawkey at second base at Fenway Park, May 29, 1984, during ceremonies in which his number, 9, and the number 4 worn by one time manager Joe Cronin were retired. (AP Photo/Dave Tenenhaum)
Boston Red Sox president Jean Yawkey, left, shares a laugh with Hall of Famer Ted Williams at Fenway Park in Boston, May 30, 1984, just before ceremonies retiring Williams' No. 9 jersey. (AP Photo/Ted Gartland)
Ted Williams unveils a highway sign at a ceremony that dedicated a section of Route 9 to him in Natick, Mass., on June 16, 1988. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Former New York Yankees baseball player Joe DiMaggio, left, and former Boston Red Sox player Ted Williams wave to the crowd before start of the 62nd All-Star Game in Toronto's SkyDome, Canada, Tuesday, July 9, 1991. DiMaggio and Williams both played in the 1941 All-Star Game 50 years ago. (AP Photo/Red McLendeon)
President George W. Bush, right, presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to baseball great Ted Williams as Barbara Bush ties the medal around his neck in a White House ceremony, Washington on Monday, Nov. 18, 1991. Bush said Williams is perhaps the greatest hitter of all time. (AP Photo/Marcy Nighswander)
Ted Williams, left, and Joe DiMaggio attend a tribute for members of baseball's Hall of Fame in New York, May 14, 1993. The former baseball greats joined with other living members of the hall in a black tie fundraising dinner to benefit the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Ted Williams winds up to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Red Sox game against the New York Mets Friday, June 11, 1999, at New York's Shea Stadium. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Boston Red Sox great Ted Williams discusses the art of hitting during an interview in Boston, Monday, July 12, 1999. Williams, the last hitter to bat over 400, is in Boston to celebrate the All-Star game to be played Tuesday, July 13, 1999, at Fenway Park. (AP Photo/Jim Rogash)
Baseball legend Ted Williams talks with All-Star Cal Ripken, of the Baltimore Orioles, left, as All-Century players Juan Marichal, second left, and Frank Robinson, right, listen Tuesday, July 13, 1999 at Boston's Fenway Park priot to the start of the All-Star Game. (AP Photo/Matt York, POOL)
Hank Aaron, left, talks with Ted Williams, right, during the presentation of the Major League Baseball All-Century Team prior to Game Two of the World Series in Atlanta, Sunday, Oct. 24, 1999. (AP Photo/Mark A. Duncan)
Baseball great Ted Williams, center, receives a kiss from his children Claudia Williams, left and John Henry Williams, right after making an unannounced appearance at the Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame for the 9th Annual Legends Induction Ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2002 in Hernando, Fla. Williams stayed just briefly. (AP Photo/Scott Audette)
The red seat in the right field bleachers which marks the distance of a Ted Williams home run is seen before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees in Boston, Saturday, July 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
A worker at jetBlue Park pushes a wagon past Boston Red Sox legend Ted Williams' number "9" prior to an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Minnesota Twins at jetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Pedestrians walk past a statue of former Boston Red Sox player Ted Williams outside Fenway Park in Boston Monday, April 9, 2012. The Boston Red Sox baseball home opener is Friday. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

It's a number that seems cartoon-like in today's Major Leagues: .400.

A batting average that's usually only sustainable for a month -- maybe two -- into a season, if a player is lucky, is one that Ted Williams was able to keep from April through September. On this day in 1941, the Boston Red Sox icon finished the season with a batting average of .406 -- the last time any qualified player finished a campaign over the .400 mark.

Tony Gwynn has come the closest, posting a .394 average over 110 games in the strike-shortened 1994 season. George Brett's .390 in 1980 was the next-closest, sustained over 117 games. Williams' .406 was posted across 143 games.

This year's AL and NL batting leaders, Bryce Harper and Miguel Cabrera, likely won't eclipse the .340 mark.

Click through the gallery above to view Williams throughout his career, and watch the video below to see more newsworthy events to go down on this date.
'This Day in History': 09/28/1994 - Ted Williams Is Last Player to Hit .400

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