Baseball Bats

April 9, 1948

Where else could a ballplayer’s bout of appendicitis battle for front-page space with Congress approving a military draft, the United States and Great Britain pondering how to deal with Russian hanky-panky?

Even if that ballplayer’s name is Ted Williams that seems a bit of a stretch.

But with Opening Day looming in 10 days, Williams was sent home to Boston where he would undergo have his appendix removed. The doctor who saw him in New Orleans, where the Red Sox were laying an exhibition game, said Williams could be out for six weeks.

But wait – when Red Sox team physician Dr. Ralph McCarthy examined Williams, he declared no surgery was necessary and that he could return to action immediately.

Williams played in 137 games that season and hit .369 with 25 homers and 127 RBIs.

No internal organs were reported as damaged.

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