Ted Williams: did he sulk in his tent in 1956 too? MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2011
With his Red Sox not competitive after 1951 what else did Ted Williams have to play for except leading AL in BA, the gold standard in those days. Losing to the Mercurial Mantle who resorted to bunting to break a slump only made matters worse.
Mickey Mantle led AL in 1956: 130 RBI, 52 HR, .353 BA. Ted Williams was second in BA: .345.
Mantle had 188 hits in 533 AB. Mantle attempted the most bunts in his career: 21 PA; 12 hits in 20 AB. Without the bunts: 176 hits in 513 AB: .343. Williams leads in BA and Mantle does not win the triple crown.