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
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)
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)
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)
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)

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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