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Most legendary hitter of all time: Babe Ruth or Ted Williams?

100 years ago, MLB legend Ted Williams was born in San Diego, California. Many baseball fans love to compare the lifelong Boston Red Sox slugger to Yankees legend Babe Ruth. Ruth was a mythological figure in baseball with his towering home runs, and larger than life personality. Williams was baseball's last .400 hitter who had an obsessive approach to hitting and sacrificed prime years of his career to serve the United States military. Who was better? ⚾

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From the called shot to being an inaugural member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Babe Ruth personified legendary. Many came before him, and many will come after him, but no one will ever quite play the game like he did. 

Ruth's total home run record of 714 stood for nearly 40 years. He also still leads the league in all-time slugging percentage, and on-base plus slugging percentage.

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More than that, Babe Ruth was a one-of-a-kind character. Unbelievable stories about Ruth lived on far longer than he did. There was one time the Chicago White Sox took him out for some adult beverages hoping the resulting hangover would work in their favor. Not only did Ruth dominate the game, he asked the White Sox where they were drinking after the game.

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Ted Williams may not have been the media darling Babe Ruth was, but make no mistake about it—there's a reason Williams is known as the “Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived.” Williams was the last player to hit .400 in MLB, and still holds the record for career on-base percentage. The San Diego native is also one of only two players ever to win multiple triple crown titles.

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Williams already has some of the best numbers ever, but he could’ve been even greater had he not been called to war. Instead of sitting out, Williams chose to enlist in the Navy as a pilot during World War II. In three years, he became one of the best pilots in his class and became a naval flight instructor at Pensacola. He never flew a combat mission in World War II, but his stint as a pilot took away three prime years of his career.

If that wasn’t enough, the United States Marines called him up from his reserve position for the Korean War in 1952 when he only played six games (.400 average; no big deal). He flew 39 missions during the Korean War, earning the Air Medal with two Gold Stars.

If he stayed in baseball, many experts are certain Williams would have broken Babe Ruth’s home run record and set the RBI record. Williams was never able to break those marks, but his undeniable talent and high moral character make him the most legendary hitter of all time.

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Most legendary hitter of all time: Babe Ruth or Ted Williams?
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