Baseball Bats

Sept. 26, 1958

While only one modest goal remained for the ballclub – finishing in third place – the only race remaining in the American League featured Ted Williams and Pete Runnels squaring off for the batting title.

Runnels began a season-ending four-game weekend series at Washington batting .324, with Williams at .316.

Red Sox manager Pinky Higgins made it known that he planned on Runnels playing in all four games with Williams sitting out one of the games in a Saturday twi-nighter.

Runnels was the sentimental favorite, having yet to take home a silver bat. WIlliams had five batting titles,

When the weekend was finished, Williams had his sixth, ending the season at .328. Runnels went home having hit .322. Over his final 55 games of the season, Williams hit .403.

Runnels won batting crowns in 1960 and 1962.
And the Red Sox achieved Higgins’ wish, finishing third at 79-75.

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