Now that I've blogged about Proficient Pitchers nicknames (part one and part two), it's time for hitting nicknames. Here it is:
Splendid Splinter - Ted Williams
Ted's goal as a baseball player was that when he walked down a street, a dad would say to his son: 'Son, there's the best hitter that ever lived.' He accomplished that. Big time. Using his "splinter" (bat), he became a "splendid" hitter from 1939-1960 (missed 1943-1945 because of military service) with the Red Sox. He hit .344 lifetime, had 521 career homers, 1,839 RBIs, and is the only baseball player in baseball history to hit over .400 in the live ball era (hit .406 in 1941). In his last career at-bat, he used his "splinter splendidly" by hitting a home run. In the '41 All Star Game, one of his 17, he hit a walk-off homer. Now that's what I call hitting.
Called "The Big Hurt" because of his unbelievable power, Frank Thomas brought fear to every pitcher he faced. He hit 521 homers, had 1,704 RBIs, and he batted .301 in his career. From 1990-2008 with the White Sox, A's, and Blue Jays, he went to 5 All Star Games, and won 2 MVP Awards. Thomas was injury-prone, so he missed a lot of games, but still had great stats. That proves how good of a hitter he was.
From 1954-1976 with the Braves and Brewers, Hank Aaron was awesome. 755 career homers: second all time, 2,297 RBIs: first all time, 3,771 career hits: third all time. He had such great numbers that the best all around hitters in the AL and NL are now given the Hank Aaron Award. That's how good of a player Hammerin' Hank was. Just that good.
The Babe was the best. He is the best player to play baseball and no one will top him. And I'm not just saying that because I'm a Yankees fan. He hit .342 lifetime, 714 career homers, 2,213 career RBIs. That's impressive. Very. In 1927, he hit 60 homers, which at the time of his career (1914-1934 with the Red Sox, Yanks, and Braves) was the most hit in one season. Did you know he started out as a pitcher and he was great at that too? He had to play the outfield due to a shortage of players during World War I, and the team then recognized his true hitting talent. A funny stat about Ruth is that Hank Aaron broke two records of his which were once career highs: homers and RBIs. Babe died in 1948 because of throat cancer, but his legacy will live on forever.
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