Great Baseball Nicknames-‘ The Kid’, ‘The Splendid Splinter’,’The Thumper’, ‘Teddy Ballgame’- Ted Williams. My short list for the greatest hitter who ever lived- it comes down to Babe Ruth or Ted Williams. I will give the edge to Ruth as the greatest player who ever lived- and to Williams as the greatest hitter.
Ted Williams had four notable nicknames- “The Kid” came from the Red Sox clubhouse manager and a friend of Ted’s Johnny Orlando- when Ted was a young player with the Red Sox in the late 1930’s. Generations later Ken Griffey Jr. would also get that nickname.
‘The Splendid Splinter’ -also came early in his career. As a young player Ted was tall and skinny and boy could he hit a baseball.
‘The Thumper”- was another nickname given to him due to his hitting.
“Teddy Ballgame” is a nickname he gave himself. It’s my favorite of the four.
Ted Williams hit .406 in 1941. What an exciting year that was in baseball. No one has been able to hit .400 since Williams that season- and that year was also when Joe DiMaggio had his 56 game hitting streak.