To hear this Associated Press dispatch from Aug. 25, 1940 tell it, Red Sox shortstop-manager Joe Cronin found himself in desperate straits during the late innings of the prior day's tilt ...
As reported, Williams, six days from his 22nd birthday, was summoned to the mound for his first and only career pitching appearance. And here he is ...
Unless the appearances of wrist pronation deceive, I'd say Teddy Ballgame is trying to snap off a curve here. Given his later mastery of things unrelated to hitting like fly-fishing and combat piloting, I'm guessing he took to the breaking ball just fine.
Also worth noting is that during the game in question -- a 12-1 victory for Detroit, which went on to lose to the Reds in the World Series -- Williams' fellow future Hall of Famer, Jimmie Foxx, logged one of his 108 career games at catcher. Batting clean-up for the Tigers that day was eventual AL MVP (and eventual Hall of Famer) Hank Greenberg, who was, at the time of this photo, within months of beginning a four-and-a-half-year stint in the U.S. military during World War II.
Mostly, though, that's Ted Williams pitching and stuff.
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