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Ted Williams Praises Dodger Hitters

March 19, 2010 | 10:16 am

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Well, it was the 1970s….


March 19, 1970, Ted Williams

March 19, 1970: Ted Williams, manager of the Washington Senators who knew a few things about hitting, had high praise for two Dodgers.

"Within three years (Bill) Bucker will lead the National League in hitting," Williams told the Dodgers' Red Patterson, according to a story by Ross Newhan in The Times.

Newhan reported earlier that week about Williams' high praise for Dodger center fielder Willie Davis. Williams, who hit .406 in 1941, thought Davis had all the tools to reach .400 someday. "If Willie's learned to bunt he might just hit .400," Williams said.

The headline to the Davis story, "Willie Davis Could Be .400 Hitter, Says Ted Williams" was a bit misleading. Williams said he read where Davis thought he could hit .400 "and I'd say he has a chance."

Williams also called Matty Alou, then with Pittsburgh, "a Houdini with the bat" but didn't think he was strong enough to hit .400.

--Keith Thursby