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August 30th, 1918 – Theodore Samuel Williams is born in San Diego, California to May Williams and Samuel Williams

1935 – Signs Minor League contract to play with the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League

1939 – Joins and makes his debut with the Boston Red Sox

1941 – Hits .406 season average and becomes the last man to hit .400

1942 – Wins his first Triple Crown

1942 -1946– Joins the Navy Reserve and serves during WWII

1946 – Loses the World Series, the only World Series he would ever appear in

1947 – Wins his second Triple Crown

1952-1953 – Returns to active duty and serves in the Marine Corps during the Korean War

1957 – Hits .388 at the age of 39

1958 – Wins his sixth batting title

September 28th, 1960 – Plays his final game of Major League Baseball and at his final at bat, hits a homerun

1966 – Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

1969-1972 – Manages the Washington Senators/Texas Rangers franchise, and in 1969 is named Manager of the Year

1991 – President George H.W. Bush presents him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom

July 5th, 2002 – Dies in Inverness, Florida at the age of 83

THIRTEEN’s American Masters presents the exclusive U.S. broadcast premiere of Ted Williams: “The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived” Monday, July 23 on PBS in Honor of Baseball Hall of Famer’s Centennial. Narrated by Emmy- and Golden Globe-winner Jon Hamm, documentary features exclusive never-before-seen footage of Williams’ final game and includes new interviews with Bob Costas, Wade Boggs, Ben Bradlee Jr. and Joey Votto