Stamp honoring Ted Williams to be issued in 2012

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A stamp honoring San Diego native Ted Williams will be issued in 2012 as part of a set of four stamps depicting members of the Baseball Hall of Fame, the U.S. Postal Service announced Friday.

Williams, a graduate of Hoover High School who played for the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League in 1936 and 1937, is generally regarded as the greatest hitter in baseball history, with a .344 average in 19 seasons with the Boston Red Sox. His .482 career on-base percentage is the best in major league history.

Williams is the last major leaguer to hit .400 in a season, batting .406 in 1941, winning the first of his six American League batting championships.

Williams missed three seasons as a Marine fighter pilot during World War II and most of two others during the Korean War.

The announcement of the stamp comes three days after the 93rd anniversary of Williams' birth. He died in 2002 at the age of 83.

The Postal Service announced last month that Joe DiMaggio, Larry Doby and Willie Stargell would be the other Hall of Famers depicted in the set. The date of issue will be announced later.

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