9 Days – Ted Williams

Are you following MLB.com’s Opening Day Countdown Down Under? We’ve been counting down since Ichiro at 51 days away, and now we’re in the single digits and land of immortals. Suggest numbers in comments there as we get closer to Sydney and the start of a season.

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Ted Williams

And here we are in the single digits. The land of baseball immortals. If you are an active player to be mixed in for the remainder of our daily countdown to Major League Baseball’s Opening Series on March 22-23 in Sydney, Australia, you better be Hall-bound.

We begin the royal rollout at No. 9 with the best hitter in baseball history. Ted Williams began his book, “The Science of Hitting,” with these words: “Hitting a baseball — I’ve said it a thousand times — is the single most difficult thing to do in sport.” And he began his Red Sox career — one that would last from 1939-60, with long pauses for war service —  by ripping a double on Opening Day.

It was April 20, 1939. On the other side of the world, Germany was celebrating Adolph Hitler’s 50th birthday as a national holiday. At Yankee Stadium, two future…

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