However, the Korean War caused many Major Leaguers, including Williams, to miss multiple seasons to serve in the armed forces.
Retiring in 1960, Williams fittingly hit a homerun in his final career at-bat.
In December of 1919, the event that caused the notorious “Curse of the Bambino” occurred when new owner Harry Frazee sold Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees for 0,000.
From that point on, the Red Sox were said to be cursed, having heart break season after heart break season for over 85 years.
The Sox lost Game Seven, making the Curse seem all the more real.
Hitting for both power and average, Williams is considered by many to be the greatest hitter in the history of the game.
With the game tied 6-6 in the bottom of the twelfth, Boston catcher Carlton Fisk stepped to the plate, literally.
With the game on the line, Fisk blasted a deep fly ball towards left field.
Being one of the first pro baseball teams in the United States, Boston’s squad was nicknamed the Americans before they adapted their Red Sox nickname in 1908 to pay tribute to their uniforms.
Since 1912, the Red Sox have played their home games at the iconic Fenway Park, the oldest ball park that is still in use today.
While the Red Sox wouldn't collect that elusive World Series Championship during his playing career, Yastrzemski did claim nearly every franchise record for offense, including most RBIs, runs, singles, doubles, hits, total bases, and games played.