On September 28th, 1941 the “Splendid Splinter” Ted Williams became the last player in MLB history to hit .400.
On the final day of the season (September 28th, 1941) Ted Williams had a batting average of .3996, which would have officially rounded up to .400. Williams refused to sit out the final day to preserve his average at the request of Red Sox manager Joe Cronin. Ted Williams played the doubleheader going 6 of 8 and raising his average to .406.
Coincidentally, September 28th also marks the date of Ted Williams final game. Williams hit a home run in his last Major League at bat in 1960. The headlines in the Sept. 29, 1960 issue of the Cedar Rapids Gazette read “Ted Blasts Homer, Retires”.
The Boston Red Sox left fielder also served his country, flying combat missions in Korea. Ted Williams died in 2002 at the age of 83.