Has everyone seen the HBO program on Ted Williams? I just saw it and thought it was great. I should add that I believe that Williams is in fact the greatest hitter who ever lived, and aside from defense is the best player in the history of the game.
Has anyone ever done a projection of what his seasons missed in the war would have looked like? He missed nearly 5 full seasons in his prime to serve in the Armved Forces during WWII and the Korean War. Has anyone seen Pecota, or Zips, or something like that that might replicate what he would have done?
No real reason for this, he is in the HOF, and is generally regarded as one of the best ever, but I wonder how far up some of the career leader boards he would be if he had not missed those seasons. Some approximations might be 700 HR, 3600 hits, 2300 rbi, and perhaps the most WAR all time.