DescriptionCarroll Hardy "Ted Williams Inscription" Single Signed Baseball. We offer a OML (Selig) baseball signed on the sweet spot by Carroll Hardy with the added inscription " Only man to pinch hit for Ted Williams 9-20- 60". He played for the Indians, Red Sox , Houston Colt .45s / Astros and Twins.
Hardy attended the University of Colorado from 1951-1955, where he lettered in football, baseball and track. He was all Big Seven Conference as a tailback, and All Conference in Baseball .A third-round pick in the 1955 NFL Draft , Hardy chose baseball over football after one year in the National Football League . He caught 12 passes - four for touchdowns - while with the San Francisco 49ers in 1955, but his biggest claim to fame will always be related to baseball, even though he was named the Hula Bowl MVP that year.
Most die-hard baseball fans know that Hardy has the honor of being the only player ever to pinch-hit for Ted Williams , but few people know that Hardy's pinch-hit resume goes well beyond this claim to trivia immortality. A reserve for the majority of his career, he debuted with the Cleveland Indians in the 1958 season. On May 18, celebrating his 25th birthday, he pinch-hit for Roger Maris and belted his first major league home run , a three-run blast off Billy Pierce , to lead Cleveland to a 7-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
Late in the 1960 season, Hardy was on the bench for the Red Sox. Ted Williams, in the final days of his Hall of Fame career, fouled a ball off his foot in the first inning of a game on September 20. After he limped off the field, Hardy finished the at-bat for him, becoming the only player ever to do so. Hardy lined into a double play . On September 28 at Fenway Park , in his final major league appearance, Williams hit his 521st and last home run against Jack Fisher. In the ninth inning, he was replaced by Hardy in left field . "They booed me all the way out and cheered him all the way in," Hardy later remembered.
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