Baseball Bats

April 25, 1958

After seven games, Ted Williams had four hits in 21 at bats, a .190 average with one homer and three RBIs.

Williams hated hitting in cold weather, as do most lesser batters.

So on this chilly April day at Fenway Park, Baltimore manager Paul Richards understood that this was still Ted Williams, his feeble opening week notwithstanding.

He had left-hander Billy O’Dell work around Williams in the eighth, when the Red Sox scored the go-ahead run, and again in the 10th, when Gene Stephens, who pinch-ran for Williams, eventually scored the game-winner on Dick Gernert’s RBI single.

Williams finished the season hitting .328 with 26 homers and 85 RBIs.

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