Two Grand Finales for Teddy Ballgame

Updated: September 24, 2001, 12:51 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Sept. 28, 1941

The idea of his .39955 batting average being rounded up to .400 doesn't sit well with Ted Williams. So, on the final day of the season, Williams refuses to sit out and risks his ".400" average. The 23-year-old Boston Red Sox cleanup-hitter raps his major league-leading 37th homer and three singles in five at-bats in the opener of a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Athletics, raising his average to .404.

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