His athletic ability, steady hand and excellent eyesight made him a very good pilot. In fact, he was good enough to set the Marine gunnery record at Jacksonville, Fla. Williams once again was having an outstanding "rookie" season.
John Glenn and Ted Williams in one place is a staggering confluence of greatness. Throw in JOMer Cecil Turner and those Marine aviators have strong roster.
WRONG EULOGY, BUT: This fellow takes on one of the great baseball FAQs: What sort of career numbers would Williams have put up if he had not served in two wars?
In all, Williams missed about seven seasons serving his country and parts of others dealing with nagging injuries relating to his time at war. But he never complained and when asked which was the best team he had ever played for, he responded without hesitation, “The United States Marine Corps.” He recounted his time in the service as some of his best years, saying, “It’s a funny thing, but as years go by, I think you appreciate more and more what a great thing it was to be a marine…I am a U.S. Marine and I’ll be one until I die.”
So when someone asks the seemingly impossible question, “How much greater would Ted Williams have been had he not missed so much time due to World War II and the Korean war?”, it is actually very simple to answer.