4. Ted Williams (LF-Red Sox)
- 1939-60, Red Sox
- 7th in BA (.344)
The only crime during the 1940s and 50s as far as MLB was concerned was the fact that Boston Red Sox great Ted Williams didn’t have a better shot at that elusive World Series Championship.
Universally considered the greatest pure left-handed hitter of all-time, Williams ranks seventh on the all-time list with a career .344 batting average.
He won the AL Batting Title six times, led the league 12 times and nine-times respectively in on-base and slugging percentage. Williams still holds the distinction as the last man to hit .400 during a season (.406 in 1942).
Two MVPs and two Triple-Crowns later, Williams is still the best player to ever play for the Red Sox.
What cements his legacy is the notion that such a great contact hitter could still hit for power. His career 521 home runs proves just that.