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