April 26, 1957

Coming off a 3-for-3 game in a 12-7 Red Sox win over the Washington Senators, Ted Williams led the American League with a .455 batting average.

While such numbers are often misleading after just eight games, when Williams put them up they were taken seriously.

“I think Ted will hit .350,” Red Sox pitcher Tom Brewer said. “He's in better shape than he has been in five years.”

Brewer underestimated him. Williams hit .388 in 132 games, good for his fifth American League batting title.

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